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Everton release statement to dispel Ancelotti rumours

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What is going on behind the scenes at the Toffees?

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As we’ve been saying a number of times already today, there’s just nothing simple with Everton.

Multiple media sources over the last few hours have been saying that the club and veteran manager Carlo Ancelotti are close to a deal with him taking over the reins at Goodison Park with a £3.75 million per year amount being thrown about as well.

Just minutes ago the Everton official Twitter account released this statement.

The statement in full reads -

“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.”

Earlier today the club had already officially announced that Duncan Ferguson would continue in his caretaker role for Wednesday’s home clash against the Foxes, something they’ve done before the Chelsea and Manchester United league games as well.

The statement appears to be in response to Sky Sports News who had earlier reported 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 Wednesday’s game.

The line “no candidate has chosen to withdraw from the process” also appears to be a bit of a dig at Vitor Pereira who was being linked with the position and was reported to have chosen to pull out of the race.

The saga rolls on.