New Everton Boss Excited To Plan Way Forward For Blues

Carlo Ancelotti has outlined how he will work closely with Director of Football Marcel Brands and the Club's Board to identify ways to take the Everton team forward.

Ancelotti was confirmed as Blues boss ahead of Saturday's goalless draw with Arsenal and officially unveiled to the media on Monday.

The Italian's immediate concern is preparing his charges for his first game in charge against Burnley at Goodison Park on Boxing Day - the first of three festive fixtures in six days.

However, the former AC Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss confirmed he was drawn by the Club's ambition to compete with the Premier League's leading sides and says discussions to plan the Club's future transfer activity will also be high on the agenda in the coming days and weeks.

Asked if he anticipated signings in January - and if his presence could help lure some of the world game's biggest talents to Goodison Park - Ancelotti said: "I don't know this but I'm not a manager who is used to working alone.

"I want to speak with the Club, we have to speak, we have to work together to find the resolution.

"If there is a possibility to improve the squad with any other players, I don't know. And I don't know if it's [true] that some players want to come here because I am here. It has happened in the past, sometimes.

"But I think there are a lot of fantastic players around the world and it's important to choose the right one that can improve our squad.

"We have these three games and every one of us, also the Board, the Director of Football, is focused on putting a better team, the best team, on the pitch to try to win the game.

"Because the most important thing now is the result and then after that we can talk about everything.

"From what I know, talking with Farhad [Moshiri, Everton's majority shareholder], the Club wants to be competitive in the Premier League and so, for me, this is enough.

"And after that, together I think, we have to [decide] the right way to improve.

"The fact the Club wants to build a new stadium - and I know today is a really important day [with the submission of an outline planning proposal] - this means that the ambition of the Club is really high, and I am excited to be in this project."

Watching on from the stands, Saturday’s game against Arsenal afforded Ancelotti the opportunity to run the rule over his new squad in person for the first time.

The Italian will get another opportunity to do so when he leads training at USM Finch Farm on Monday afternoon but the 60-year-old is encouraged by the mix of youth and experience he is inheriting.


Captain Seamus Coleman and left-back Leighton Baines have each made over 300 appearances for the Club, while two-time Premier League winner Fabian Delph was added to the Toffees' ranks last summer.

Youngsters Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tom Davies, Mason Holgate and Moise Kean have all featured throughout 2019/20 so far, while 18-year-old Anthony Gordon was handed a home debut during last week’s Carabao Cup clash with Leicester City.

"I think that the squad is good,” said Ancelotti. “There is a good mix.

"There are experienced players, players where you can see a sense of belonging - like Coleman, like Baines.

“You also have young players. It is a good mix I think, and I am satisfied with the squad.

“Of course, we have to improve, we can improve, but the first thing is we have in this period really important games, a lot of games, and we have to be focused there.

“And, after, with the Board, with Marcel, we can talk about how we can improve this team.

“But the first idea now, for me, is that we only have three days to prepare for the next game against Burnley and we have to be focussed there.”