Everton enjoyed a tremendous summer in the transfer window, with the Toffees able to welcome Allan, James Rodriguez, Ben Godfrey and Abdoulaye Doucoure to Goodison Park.
But the recent comments from Allan describing head coach Carlo Ancelotti shows why the Italian’s appointment in 2019 eclipsed each of Everton’s summer deals, and revealed the true genius of Farhad Moshiri’s mission to take the Merseyside outfit to another level.
Moshiri had been courting Ancelotti to become the new Everton manager for two years before the Blues’ ambitious majority investor was finally able to name the former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach as his, having first reached out to the Italian’s representatives following his sacking by Bayern Munich in November 2017.
Ancelotti was intrigued by the proposal but favoured waiting until the following summer when he would be able to start with a clean slate, clear out the deadwood and put into place the words that Everton’s hierarchy had attracted him with. But the Toffees were forced to go in another direction when a week after sacking Sam Allardyce, SSC Napoli unveiled the Italian on a three-year contract.
Marco Silva instead arrived at Goodison Park but could not inspire the Toffees, and was sacked after 60 games featuring just 24 wins. This time, though, Ancelotti was open to the mid-season switch and arrived on Merseyside following the termination of his Napoli deal.
In Ancelotti, Moshiri finally had his world-class manager capable of convincing A-list players to join Everton, turn the near half a billion pounds invested on transfers into success and bring fortune back to what the Blues chief considers the Hollywood of football.
Moshiri’s hopes came true this summer in no more evident way than Rodriguez’s capture, joining from Real Madrid having won a Golden Boot in a World Cup, two Champions League medals, two La Liga trophies, two Bundesliga titles, three Liga NOS crowns, a Europa League and several Super Cups in Portugal, Spain and Germany throughout his career.
Ancelotti’s allure has been best described by Allan in his recent comments, describing what makes the Italian such a great manager and why players of the 9-cap Brazilian and Rodriguez’s ilk look up to him so much.
“Professor Ancelotti and his coaching staff are highly intelligent and they prepare for every detail to face the opposition,” said Allan, via quotes by the Liverpool Echo. “In Italy, we tended to refer to the coach as ‘Mister’, which is the case for all the coaches, but Carlo Ancelotti is a great guy, a really high-quality coach who manages to have all the players ready to be able to step in and help whenever.
“He manages to keep all the players satisfied, motivated and happy. I think I refer to him as Professor because of the way he reads the game, the way he prepares for games and the relationship he has with the players.
“He gets the best out of us. He is generally a maestro and if you look at his history and success in the game it speaks for itself. He has won everywhere he has gone, and he is the type of person who deserves these kind of best words to describe him.”
With players placing Ancelotti in the upper echelons of managers in the game, Allan, Rodriguez, Doucoure and Godfrey could just be the start of the string of A-list players to arrive at Goodison Park in the near feature.