After being sacked as Napoli manager, Carlo Ancelotti has reached an agreement in principle to become the next Everton manager.
According to Sky Sports News, the Italian coach, who will succeed Marco Silva, arrived in England earlier on Monday and went straight to Merseyside for talks with Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright.
It was learned that Ancelotti, who was sacked by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis and replaced by Gennaro Gattuso last week, could be announced before Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final against Leicester.
According to Everton chiefs, caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson will remain as part of the first-team coaching staff, should Ancelotti be appointed. He will also be in charge for the visit of Brendan Rodgers’ side.
FutballNews reports that Ancelotti is a three-time Champions League winner, two with AC Milan and once with Real Madrid. Also, he has records of domestic titles with Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, and Bayern Munich. At Chelsea, the 60-year-old won the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Community Shield during his tenure from 2009 until 2011.
The Italian is Everton’s No 1 choice to become their new manager. Other candidates said to be on the Toffees shortlist include David Moyes. The former Man United is believed to have met with the club and his appointment would be more of a short one.
According to reports, Shanghai SIPG boss Vitor Pereira was the leading candidate to replace Silva but pulled out of the process last week.
Now Carlo Ancelloti is now at the forefront to lead the Toffees, who are three points above the Premier League relegation zone in 16th place.
Everton speak on Ancelotti ‘agreeing deal’ to become manager
Meanwhile, Everton in a statement on Monday denied meeting Ancelloti or offering him a deal to become their manager. The club added that they have met a number of candidates about the vacancy but no contract offer has been made.
A statement read: “In the 11 days since Marco Silva left the club, the Everton board has been working to recruit a new permanent manager – and has held meetings with a number of candidates.
“We can confirm that thus far no contract offer has been made and no candidate has chosen to withdraw from the process.
“While the club is keen to confirm a new permanent manager as soon as possible, the only important duty is that the right appointment is made.”
“While our process continues, Duncan Ferguson will remain as caretaker manager and will take charge of the side for Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup quarter-final against Leicester City.”