Peterborough United Director of Football Barry Fry insists that Bill Kenwright will have been left absolutely gutted by Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to leave the club.
The Italian is now back in Spain with Real Madrid, preparing for the 2021/22 season.
Ancelotti only spent one full season at the club, overseeing a 10th-placed finish in the Premier League, and failing to win a trophy despite significant backing from the board; he brought in the likes of James Rodriguez, Allan, and Ben Godfrey last summer.
Fry insists, though, that Kenwright would have been willing to put his hand in his pocket and back Ancelotti to the hilt this summer if he had remained at the club, with the Toffees aiming for a top-four finish.
Now, though, they are hunting for a new boss to replace the former Chelsea boss, and reports suggest that they could well turn to Nuno Espirito Santo, who left Wolves at the end of the season.
Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, Fry said: “Everton is a different kettle of fish now. Bill is a real football man, he’s marvellous, he has got backing. He will be bitterly, bitterly, bitterly disappointed that the guy’s left him.
“He really will. I know for a fact he was willing to back him.
“They were willing to back him to the hilt in this window to, again, give them a chance of getting in the Champions League, they’re very ambitious.
“That would have hurt Bill and everyone at Everton, but I think it’ll just make them more determined to get the right boss in to take them forward.”