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Carlo Ancelotti ‘agrees’ to become next Everton boss

Veteran Italian coach is ready to take over at Goodison Park

Carlo Ancelotti has reached what Sky Sports describes as an “agreement in principle” to become the next Everton manager. 

The 60-year-old Italian, who was sacked by Napoli earlier this month, arrived on Merseyside on Monday to discuss the vacant position with officials from the Toffees.

According to Sky Sports, the talks went well between the two parties and Ancelotti could be unveiled as the successor to Marco Silva before Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup quarter-final against Leicester City.

Ferguson to remain

Since Silva was sacked on 5 December, Blues legend Duncan Ferguson has been in temporary charge of the team, and having guided them to victory over Chelsea and a draw at Manchester United, he will remain on the coaching staff under Ancelotti. 

But Everton crave the vast experience of the veteran Italian, who with Chelsea won the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Community Shield, while he also has three Champions League titles to his name.

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Playing it cool

The Daily Star is one of several papers to claim Ancelotti’s appointment is a done deal, and the papers says he will “sign until 2024 and bring his own staff to Merseyside”. 

There are, apparently, a few details still to be ironed out, but the Star is adamant that Ancelotti is on his way. 

All the media speculation prompted Everton to issue a statement on Monday night in which the club said: “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.”

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