Real Madrid have confirmed the re-appointment of Carlo Ancelotti, who leaves Everton to once again take up the role at the Bernabeu.
The Italian previously managed the club between 2013 and 2015, replacing Jose Mourinho and winning the Champions League in his first season – beating rivals Atletico Madrid in the final.
He guided Everton to a tenth-place finish in the Premier League this term, a disappointing result after a lot of early promise and a potential European spot on the cards.
Real Madrid Re-Appoint Carlo Ancelotti
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The post at the Bernabeu has been vacated by another maager who was in his second spell in charge – Zinedine Zidane. Ultimately, the second time around was less successful than the first. During the 2020/21 campaign, Real were knocked out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage by Chelsea, and they were beaten to the La Liga title by Atletico.
In the end, Zidane resigned from the position, citing that he no longer believed the club’s board had “faith” in him.
The initial fears with reappointing Ancelotti follow a similar pattern. Despite the success he enjoyed during his first stint with the club, there is no guarantee that can be repeated.
Those fears will be magnified by the fact that Ancelotti, seen as one of the top managers on the continent, was only able to take Everton to tenth in the Premier League.
At the end of 2020, the Toffees were well on course to record a shock Champions League spot. An alarming dip in form, though, saw them plummet down the table and out of the European picture completely.
They ended up finishing tenth, a long way off what would have been predicted earlier in the season.
Madrid the ‘Right Move’
In a statement, Ancelotti said: “I would like to thank the Board of Directors, the players, and the Evertonians for the tremendous support they have all given me during my time at the Club.
“I have complete respect for everyone associated with Everton and hope they can achieve the exciting opportunities they have in front of them.
“While I have enjoyed being at Everton I have been presented with an unexpected opportunity which I believe is the right move for me and my family at this time.”