Ancelotti left Everton in the lurch as new manager search turns ugly
Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to quit Everton for Real Madrid forced the Blues into a managerial search they were not expecting, writes Phil Kirkbride in today’s Royal Blue column.
Little did any of us know that all hell would break loose.
That at 6pm, on June 1, a series of events would begin and lead us to a situation where the club and many of its fans are at loggerheads.
Yet the chain of events that kick-started when Carlo Ancelotti dropped everything for Real Madrid, have brought us to that point.
Sure, the Italian’s shock dart for the Goodison exit door less than 18 months into his reign did not force Farhad Moshiri to seriously consider making Rafa Benitez his replacement, but it did force him into looking for a new manager, when he wasn’t expecting to and at a time when the market was hardly awash with stand-out candidates.
Ancelotti left Everton in the lurch.
Just over a month before the players were due back at Finch Farm, he left the Blues high and dry.
A week after sitting down with Marcel Brands to finalise summer transfer plans and talk about new contracts for certain players, Ancelotti left Everton hanging.
He is now part of the club’s past, of course, but the 62-year-old seems to have got off lightly in that he was the man to create a situation that has, progressively, become uglier in his absence.
Everton were not looking for a new manager, they were planning for the future with Ancelotti, who had spoken at length about wanting to build a legacy and lead the club into a new stadium.
But those remarks have been made to look hollow as, almost 18 days later, the Blues continue the search for the man to fill his shoes.
And it has gone from a hunt that, at first, drew apathy at the names being considered, to one which has provoked anger among many, as the prospect of appointing Benitez draws closer to becoming a reality.