Former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti is now ‘expected’ to be named the Everton manager at some point in the coming days, with the three-time Champions League winner to take over from caretaker Duncan Ferguson.
Everton confirmed on Monday afternoon that meetings have ‘number of candidates’ in the time since Marco Silva was sacked earlier this month. At that time, the club explained that no contract offer had been made, although the situation appeared to change dramatically later in the day.
Despite some confusion over Ancelotti’s exact whereabouts – Sky Sports claimed he had arrived on Merseyside for talks, some believed him to still be in Italy, while others pointed out that Everton’s board operates from London rather than Liverpool – it was later reported that the 60-year-old Italian had agreed a deal ‘in principle’ with the Toffees.
On Tuesday morning, Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has since reported that an agreement was reached during the night and that what now follows is a meeting between Ancelotti and Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis – a formality necessary to end a compensation agreement since being dismissed by the Serie A club last week.
Fellow Italian reporter Fabrizio Romano has reported similar, claiming that Ancelotti is ‘ready to sign’ a deal with Everton after a ‘total agreement’ has been reached. Romano shares the same detail about meeting with Napoli to fully free him from his contract, despite already being sacked.
A report from the Daily Telegraph adds that the contract is expected to run until 2024, and that an announcement could be made in time for him to take over ahead of the weekend.
Sky Sports Italia suggests that Thursday or Friday could be the day the announcement is made. That would leave Ferguson in charge for the Carabao Cup quarter final against Leicester, as had already been confirmed by the club. Ferguson is tipped to stay on as part of Ancelotti’s staff.
Sky Sports in the UK also have reason to believe Everton will confirm Ancelotti’s appointment before the end of the week. That could therefore see him take charge of his first Everton game on Saturday when a struggling Arsenal are visitors to Goodison Park.