When Farhad Moshiri wrapped up a deal to bring Carlo Ancelotti to Everton, it was one of the biggest coups in the club’s history.
They’d brought a Champions League-winning manager to Goodison Park who had achieved magnificent success in four of Europe’s top five leagues.
Finding another manager of his calibre will be a particularly hard task, but they may well lure one in a certain Antonio Conte, who left Inter Milan last month after guiding them to their first Serie A title since 2010.
Conte departed the San Siro after being told he’d have to work with a downsized project following the impacts on the ongoing pandemic. Salary costs were going to be cut by 15-20% and player departures would become an absolute necessity.
A move to Tottenham looked to be on the horizon but talks eventually collapsed after he failed to be convinced by the project, indicating that he’d rather stay at home instead.
“Generally, I like the challenges and I’ve accepted many of them during my career,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Evening Standard).
“Even the top clubs I coached were never the favourites when I arrived. However, if there’s something that doesn’t convince me I prefer not to accept regardless of the money.”
The Telegraph claimed that an informal inquiry has been made by Everton to the Italian’s camp, and if they could secure his services, it would surely be Moshiri’s greatest achievement at Everton to date.
Not only will they have beaten a Premier League rival to his signature, they will have landed a manager with the qualities and experience to potentially earn them a place in Europe.
If Conte is looking for a challenge, then he’d find few greater than Everton in the Premier League. They have consistently finished mid-table in recent years despite housing ambitions of reaching the Champions League.
He’d also be backed financially in Merseyside as well, something which wasn’t going to happen at Inter. In the last four years alone, Everton have splashed out on more than £446m worth of players. That should be attractive to Conte, who could take the Toffees to the next level if given the right budget.
With that set of circumstances at Goodison Park in mind, everything looks set up for him to thrive. Described as a “tactical master” by Pep Guardiola, the 51-year-old has five league titles to his name, one of which was the 2016/17 Premier League with Chelsea.