Everton have named Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager on a four-and-a-half year deal through to the summer of 2024.
Ancelotti, 60, will watch Saturday’s game against Arsenal from the stands before taking charge of the Toffees for the first time in their clash with Burnley on on Boxing Day at Goodison Park.
Excited to share the news that I am joining Everton FC. I am delighted to be back in the Premier League and to be part of this historic club. Thank you for your trust in me. #WelcomeMrAncelotti #EFC #COYB pic.twitter.com/13yhM5iHnK— Carlo Ancelotti (@MrAncelotti) December 21, 2019
Duncan Ferguson, who has been in caretaker charge following the dismissal of Marco Silva, will remain as part of Ancelotti’s backroom team, along with Ancelotti’s son, Davide.
On his appointment, Ancelotti said:
This is a great club with a rich history and a very passionate fan base. There is a clear vision from the Owner and the Board to deliver success and trophies. That is something that appeals to me as a manager and I am thrilled at the prospect of being able to work with everybody at the Club to help make that vision a reality.
“I have seen from the performances in the last two weeks that the players are capable of so much. The work Duncan has done is a great credit to him. Strong organisation, strong discipline and the right motivation are some of the key ingredients in football and I’m pleased that he will be part of my backroom team moving forward.”
Ancelotti, who sacked by Napoli on December 10, returns to England for his second spell in the Premier League, having won the title and FA Cup double with Chelsea in 2009-10.
He left at the end of his second campaign, reportedly relieved of his duties in the Goodison corridors after a 1-0 final day defeat to Everton.
The Blues mark the tenth chapter in Ancelotti’s illustrious 24-year managerial career, which has included four league titles, six domestic cups in four different countries, and three Super Cups, Club World Cups and Champions Leagues each.
He has also taken charge of some of the world’s biggest clubs, such as Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Juventus.
Everton director of football Marcel Brands added:
“Following a rigorous process conducted by all of our Directors, it is a pleasure to now welcome Carlo Ancelotti to Everton. He is one of the finest managers in world football and a proven winner, having achieved a remarkable level of success in each of Europe’s major leagues.
“He is the perfect appointment for us. He embraces our vision for the Club and we are sure that his enthusiasm to take the helm at Goodison together with his tactical abilities and well-renowned man-management will make him successful in this role. This was a clear and exciting decision for the Board to make. It was a unanimous choice and one we were all fully united behind throughout. Carlo has proven time and again, he knows how to build a trophy-winning side and we share the excitement of our fans at the prospect of him leading our team in the years ahead. We’re all greatly looking forward to working with him.”
It is expected that a number of his Napoli staff will be joining Ancelotti includingFrancesco Mauri and Manuel Morabito (athletic trainers), Simone Montanaro (match analyst), Luca Guerra (goalkeeping coach) and Beniamino Fulco (supervisor).