'I feel good here': Ancelotti reveals he's eyeing long stay at Everton
‘I feel good here’: Carlo Ancelotti reveals he is eyeing a longer stay at Everton than he enjoyed in previous jobs at Real Madrid, Bayern Munich AND PSG
- Carlo Ancelotti has only once stayed in a job longer than two years in his career
- The Everton boss spent eight years at AC Milan winning two Champions Leagues
- The Italian wants to break the habit and continue enjoying his stay at Goodison
- The Toffees can go back to the top of the Premier League with a win at Newcastle
Carlo Ancelotti would like to stay at Everton for longer than at any other club in his glittering career bar AC Milan.
Ancelotti has managed some of Europe’s greatest names including Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern Munich and Juventus but has never stayed anywhere more than two years – apart from his stretch at The San Siro between 2001 and 2009 when he twice won the Champions League.
The Italian marks his first anniversary at Goodison Park next month having taken them from relegation candidates to the top of the table, where they’ll be if they beat Newcastle.
Carlo Ancelotti hopes his stay at Everton will last much longer than his recent manager jobs
The Italian’s only job to last more than two years was his trophy-laden stint at AC Milan
Ancelotti’s Real Madrid reign was one cut to two years despite Champions League success
His early success has given him the feeling to lay down some roots.
‘Every club has its own goal. At Real Madrid the target is to win, here we want to be competitive in the Premier League and to reach Europe. It’s a bit different,’ he acknowledges.
‘Of course we would like to win, I think we are going to win, but it takes time, a little bit longer than at other top teams I managed.
‘But the fact is I feel good here. I would like to stay more than two or three years that I’ve usually done in the past with other clubs.
The Everton manager has caused an incredible one-year transformation at the Merseyside club
‘I would like to stay a little bit more because the project is also different. The project was really clear and ambitious when I first met the owners. It’s the reason I signed the contract.
‘I’m really happy here. I like where I live and work. I have said before Everton is a family club and I like to work at a family club.’
Everton’s unbeaten start was ended at Southampton last weekend and they travel to the north-east missing four key players James Rodriguez, Richarlison, Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne through injury or suspension.
Ancelotti was angry at the red card given to Digne at St Mary’s and the Frenchman has since seen his ban reduced from three matches to one on appeal.
Next they travel to face Newcastle with the chance to go back to the top of the Premier League
But the Italian admitted he spared his players the hairdryer because of their consistency until that game.
‘I have to say that I was not happy about the performance but I couldn’t forget that this team has done a fantastic job since the start of the season,’ he admitted. ‘I would like to see my team back against Newcastle.
‘Our target for this season is really clear, to be in the European competitions next season. It doesn’t matter that we lost one game.’
The Toffees had their unbeaten start to the 2020-21 season ended by Southampton last week
Ancelotti isn’t used to having a midweek break from the Champions League to prepare his team for the next league game. He’s had time in training to work out a strategy to compensate for missing players.
Right-back Jonjoe Kenny, on loan at Schalke last season, could come in and there should be roles for Gylfi Sigurdsson and youngsters Anthony Gordon and Niels Nkounkou.
‘It’s difficult to prepare for games every three days when you are in Europe but honestly I’d prefer to have that problem next season,’ he smiles.
‘But it’s been good to have the week. You can prepare the team physically and tactically.’
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