Ancelotti: How Davide Has Shown He Can Handle 'Pressure Of His Surname'

Carlo Ancelotti says the manner in which son Davide has handled the “heavy pressure of his surname” is reflective of his strong character, as he praised the Everton Assistant Manager’s unrelenting appetite to learn.

Davide joined Everton when his father was appointed Blues boss in December 2019.

He started his professional career as a fitness coach at Paris Saint-Germain, having earned a degree in sports science.

Davide moved from the French side with Carlo to Spain where he held a similar position with the Real Madrid first team, before he excelled in achieving his UEFA coaching qualifications.

He became assistant manager at Bayern Munich and also worked in this role alongside his father at Serie A side Napoli.

Everton manager Ancelotti acknowledges Davide faces a unique challenge in proving he boasts the expertise demanded of his position.

He says the fact Davide has quickly earned the respect of each group of players he has worked with is testament to his work ethic and breadth of qualities as a coach.

“He is a really young assistant manager but he has had fantastic experience, training with the best players,” said Carlo.

“The key factor for Davide is he always wants to learn.

“He studied, studied and studied. He was watching all the games and he is not one who will stop wanting to learn and improve.

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“He started to know when he was younger that his surname is really heavy on him.

“I am really happy [with his progress] because he has had a lot of pressure in his job.

“He tried to make it as a player but he understood he was not quite good enough and after that he turned and tried to study.

“And so, to keep the surname less heavy, he has to show to the others that he is good. And he is good.”


Everton manager Ancelotti has outlined how he strives to “empower” his backroom team by delegating responsibilities and “having them as involved as possible”.

He explained how this philosophy helps his staff improve their skills and cultivates a positive relationship between coaches and players.

“I like to give my staff responsibility because, the more involved they are, the better their work will be.

“The staff are very involved and it is important the players understand their roles, that could be physical trainers, or the Assistant Managers, Davide and Duncan [Ferguson].

“They have to respect this.

“I think the atmosphere at the training ground is really good in this aspect, because we have a lot of respect for our players and they show us the same respect.”