Carlo Ancelotti press conference: Everton manager explains why he joined Toffees, reveals he tried to sign Moise Kean, and discusses Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Ancelotti, the former Milan, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich coach, joined Everton over the weekend to succeed Marco Silva, who was sacked last month with the club in a relegation battle.
He is back in England for the second time after his two-year spell with Chelsea between 2009-11, and it has been considered quite a coup for Everton to have hired a manager of Ancelotti’s pedigree.
But why did he opt to take the Goodison Park job, just days after being dismissed by Napoli?
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“The ambition of the club, the history that this club has,” Ancelotti said as he met the press for the first time. “The tradition. The atmosphere of the supporters…
“Also the fact this club wants to improve; we want to be a better team and we want to compete These were the reasons I decided to come here.
“The attraction is the tradition and history of the club. It is true that I manage a top team when I was at PSG; the project was really good there and that attracted me so the ambition of the club.
“I think that is the same here. It is not true that I only manage top teams – sometimes in Italy I mange championship teams. I like teams that have ambition and have a clear idea of how to reach success.
“I went to the training ground yesterday – it is a fantastic training ground and the fact the club want to build a new stadium shows ambition.
“This is what attracted me.
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“Ancelotti was in the stands as Everton played out a 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Saturday in the final game of Duncan Ferguson’s reign as caretaker manager.
The Italian veteran officially begins work today – ahead of the Boxing Day visit of Burnley – and he is excited to get going.
“They were really kind, the owner, the chairman, all the supporters,” added Ancelotti. “It was a really good day for me. I saw the team, I have my idea of this team and squad.
“Today I start to work with a lot of commitment. I am really excited. I want to try my best to help the team to be better and to help the club to be competitive and to give happiness to supporters.
“There is a lot of time that this club didn’t win; it takes time, it will not be overnight but we have to be patient. With a clear idea and focus, I am sure we are going to improve.”