What Ancelotti said about Arsenal as Napoli call time on Everton target

Date published: Wednesday 11th December 2019 7:16

Carlo Ancelotti is being strongly linked with the managerial vacancies at both Everton and Arsenal after Napoli decided to sack the Italian late on Tuesday night.

The former Chelsea, PSG, Bayern Munich and AC Milan boss was relieved of his duties just moments after steering Napoli into the Champions League knockout stages courtesy of a 4-0 destruction of Genk.

A club statement read: “SSC Napoli has decided to revoke the role of first-team coach from Mr Carlo Ancelotti.

“The rapport of friendship, admiration and reciprocal respect between the club, its President and Carlo Ancelotti remain intact.”

But Ancelotti is unlikely to find himself out of work for long with two Premier League clubs already reportedly plotting moves to install the 60-year-old as manager.

With the Gunners in the market to find a long-term replacement for Unai Emery, the Daily Mirror reports the north London club have added his name to a list of 10 candidates for the vacancy, but will try and fast-track his interview given how in-demand he is likely to be. Ancelotti was Arsene Wenger’s No 1 choice to succeed him in the Arsenal hotseat once it was apparent the Frenchman would be leaving Emirates Stadium.

However, it could be a case of second time lucky, with Arsenal now ready to speak with Ancelotti, who was axed by Napoli following a nine-game winless run prior to Tuesday, with in-fighting within the club proving an unwanted distraction.

There were rumours Ancelotti would leave the club for another job, amid conflict between players, fans and owners at Napoli.

But when it was suggested to him last month that he could succeed Emery at Arsenal, Ancelotti responded flatly by telling BT Sport: “I stay with Napoli, of course.

“These are rumours! I have white hair and experience.

“In this moment they are all rumours.”

Ancelotti has won the Champions League three times and his experience of also winning the Premier League title while Chelsea manager will surely appeal to the Gunners.

However, Arsenal won’t be alone in pursuit of Ancelotti, with Everton also reportedly already launching an approach for his services, as per Sky Sports.

The Toffees are in the frame for a new manager themselves having axed the underwhelming Marco Silva last week.

Everton will now try and speak with Ancelotti over their vacancy after being delivered a cruel snub by their No 1 choice earlier on Tuesday.

 

However, former Liverpool and Leeds United winger Harry Kewell doesn’t believe Ancelotti is the right for for Everton.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Kewell said: “Not in the predicament they’re in at the moment. They need to get back to basics.

“They’ve got good players. Do the players just need a rocket to get them going?”

Napoli, who had been expected to challenge Juventus for the title this season, are currently sitting seventh in the Serie A table with 21 points from 15 games.

AC Milan great Gennaro Gattuso has been tipped to become their next manager.

 

 

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