Everton Men’s manager Carlo Ancelotti got a chance to meet Everton Women manager Willie Kirk, assistant manager Chris Roberts, and the entire women’s team at a recent training. Some of the moments were caught on film for our viewing pleasure:
| @MrAncelotti taking time out to watch @EvertonWomen train and give his support ahead of their Merseyside derby at Goodison Park...— Everton (@Everton) January 29, 2020
The man just gets it.
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Many of the Blues impressed during the training session, including some fine saves from new keeper Sandy MacIver, defender Gabrielle George stopping top goalscorer Chloe Kelly, and Chaney Boye-Hlorkah hitting the mark in a crossbar challenge.
Manager Kirk is seen proudly informing the Ancelotti that, “every year the standards are getting better and better” and commented on bringing on more European players. The Italian appears to ask Kirk how many England internationals the squad has and Kirk informs him there are a few and points them out for him. (MacIver, Kelly, Izzy Christiansen, and Gabrielle George have all either trained or received caps with the England senior team.)
Later, the soft-spoken Everton Men’s manager spoke to the women’s squad, who have already beaten Liverpool at Anfield earlier this season:
“I wanted to meet you. I want to wish you all the best for the future, for the next games.”
“I know that you beat Liverpool but there is another game so we have to fight. It is not easy to beat this team and so I wish you all the best.”
Carlo is being nice here because Liverpool Women stink this year, but you just never know with a derby! Another thing that jumps out is that Ancelotti referred to the team as “we” which shows that he is embodying the “one club” mentality that has grown stronger this year and continues to do so.
Everyone is excited for the upcoming women’s Merseyside derby at Goodison! Tickets are still available for the 9 February match and are only £3.00 to £6.00.