*UPDATE: 11am BST*
Matters appear to be steaming along with Ancelotti. The Italian manager is in London apparently now discussing the terms of his new deal and his coaching staff. Sounds like he wanted to take a break from football but has been convinced to join the Blues with their ambitious plans, and that they would make him on of the top there paid managers in the world - somewhere in the £12-15 million range.
Ancelotti now in London. He wanted to be away from football till summer, but the #Everton project (4 year deal, one of top 3 paid managers in world) ambitious and long term. He’d ONLY accept if he could build a good team in the next few years. He doesn’t want to drag the decision— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) December 17, 2019
This better be worth it, the last time Farhad Moshiri showed ambition and flashed his chequebook we ended up with Ronald Koeman and Wayne Rooney.
Done deal! Carlo #Ancelotti is completing his staff for #Everton. There’ll be his son Davide as an assistent. Francesco Mauri and Manuel Morabito will be the athletic trainers. Simone Montanaro the match analyst, Luca Guerra (GPS) and Beniamino Fulco (supervisor). #transfers #EFC— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) December 17, 2019
Where does Duncan Ferguson fit into this?
Carlo Ancelotti appears to be on the verge of being appointed the new Everton manager.
Sky Sports News reported on Monday evening that the Italian, who was sacked by Napoli last Tuesday, is deep in talks about succeeding Marco Silva as Blues boss, and confirmation of his arrival could come even before Everton’s EFL Cup quarter-final at home to Leicester City on Wednesday.
...and now Ancelotti is getting closer to Everton. Last details to complete the total agreement. #EFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 16, 2019
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail’s Dominic King reports that a deal is not yet done, but that Ancelotti is due in London for face-to-face talks with Farhad Moshiri.
Everton and Carlo Ancelotti: it is not done, he is not on Merseyside. Talks would not take place in Liverpool, as board based in London.— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) December 16, 2019
However... Ancelotti is due in London and face-to-face talks are planned with Farhad Moshiri.
Moshiri has previously held talks with Moyes
Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, who has been reporting the interest from a number of Serie A sides in Moise Kean, added that the new manager’s wages have been revealed, and that it’ll be €4,5M (£3.75M) a year, an increase from the £3 million that Marco Silva was getting.
Total agreement between Carlo #Ancelotti and #Everton. He will become the new manager of Toffees with a wages of €4,5M a year. #transfers #EFC— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) December 16, 2019
Duncan Ferguson, who oversaw a win over Chelsea and Sunday’s draw at Manchester United as caretaker boss, has already been confirmed as the man in charge for Everton for the clash with the Foxes.
Ancelotti, 60, has spent two years in the Premier League, managing Chelsea from 2009 to 2011. He achieved a league and FA Cup double in his first season before being sacked hours after the final game of his second campaign, a 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park.
In his 24-year managerial career, which has also seen him lead Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, Ancelotti has won four league titles, six domestic cups in four different countries, and three Super Cups, Club World Cups and Champions Leagues each.
Despite the somewhat conflicting reports in the media, it is looking like Ancelotti is the candidate chosen by the power brokers at the Toffees, especially with reports that Arsenal are getting closer to making former Everton and Gunners midfielder Mikel Arteta their next manager, which could lead to an interesting clash on Saturday with the two sides playing each other.