Carlo Ancelotti is one of the greatest managers of all time. Perhaps he isn’t mentioned in that elite category enough. Yet the Italian’s C.V speaks for itself. 3 Champions Leagues, a Premier League double, Ligue 1, Serie A and Bundesliga titles. The list goes on for the former midfielder, once an accomplished player and now a highly regarded manager. However, just yesterday, he was sacked by Napoli for a poor start to their season. Where next for the legendary manager?
“Surprising results are possible. Concentration is a decisive factor.”Carlo Ancelotti quote
The serial winner was relived of his duties in Naples after a poor start domestically with the side. Napoli sit in 7th place, 7 points adrift of 6th place Atalanta. Despite guiding Gli Azzurri to the knockout stages of the Champions League, his time in Italy has come to an end. Just 1 year too, Ancelotti has become quite the journeyman.
The clubs that want Carlo
It was widely expected the 60 year old would be sacked. This comes amid links with a return to the Premier League, with both Arsenal and Everton reportedly interested in appointing the veteran. The latter in particular could be favourites to land Ancelotti, after their previous top target Vitor Pereira pulled out of the race to become manager of the Toffees.
So now that the former AC Milan coach has become available, who will appoint him and also, who will he choose? After this rather unsuccessful spell with Napoli and a average season in Bavaria with Bayern, Ancelotti’s stock isn’t exactly high. Clubs are looking more towards younger managers perhaps more in touch with the modern game and with different tactics. The former Chelsea coach, though is still a desired target, won’t be attracted the absolute elite of Europe. Someone more like Mauricio Pochettino would be on their radars.
Carlo Ancelotti – A serial winner
So that brings the blue of Merseyside and the Gunners into the question. Two clubs that have started 2019/20 poorly considering the money they’ve spent and the expectations placed on them at the start of the season. Both require an uplift and a manager that commands respect. Who better than Ancelotti. One of the most decorated managers of all time, a serial winner and someone with Premier League experience. Seems like the perfect fit.
Chelsea were incredible under the former Real Madrid coach. The first team to score more than 100 goals in a Premier League season, they were so good to watch. The freedom and confidence that the former Italian international encourages his team to play with really makes the style of play, if nothing else, a breath of fresh air. Under Emery, the Emirates faithful were bored with the Spaniard’s philosophy. With the Italian, that could really change for the better.
Has he still got it?
The only doubt over Carlo Ancelotti is whether he’s still the same manager he was a few seasons ago. His last two stints at Bayern and Napoli have ended sourly. His laid back managerial style, it can be very hit or miss. Something that might be worrying for the Gunners or the Blues.
Yet the reputation of the man alone will galvanise either Everton or Arsenal and turnaround a calamitous season, for whichever club gets him. Despite the fact he hasn’t stayed at a club for more than 2 years since AC Milan (2001-2009), I think he’s exactly what either of them need.
With news filtering through that the Italian is in Merseyside, will we see Ancelotti back in the English Premier League once again?
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