2. Everton – 6/5 odds to become Ancelotti next destination
Marco Silva was sacked a week ago and still there’s no real indication of who Everton might target as his replacement. Vitor Pereira and David Moyes were both mentioned, but neither seemed a terribly good fit. Ancelotti, on the other hand, might be the perfect manager for the Goodison Park position.
According to the latest reports by the Telegraph, Everton have reportedly moved fast in a bid to land Ancelotti amid interest from Arsenal in the former Chelsea, AC Milan, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich boss.
Ancelotti would bring the sort of credence Everton crave, but would also be a good stylistic fit for the Toffees. The Italian would go back to basics on Merseyside. It’s the basics that have let Everton down in recent years and so Ancelotti could give them a foundation to build upon even after he has left. What’s more, there is plenty of talent in the Everton squad for him to work with.
1. Arsenal – 1/1 odds to become Ancelotti next destination
After the ill-fated reign of Unai Emery, Arsenal fans are desperate for a big name manager. As a three-time Champions League winner and past Premier League champion, Ancelotti would certainly fit the bill in that regard. If the Gunners are intent on making a permanent appointment before the end of the season, the 60-year-old appears to be the most qualified candidate.
Ancelotti would be a more pragmatic manager than the Arsenal support are used to, but that might be what they need to get back on the right path. The defensive rot that festered towards the end of the Arsene Wenger era still hasn’t been eradicated. Ancelotti would surely make progress here.
The worry for Arsenal, though, is that if Emery was their Moyes, Ancelotti might be their Louis Van Gaal – a former managerial great of the game who is coming down the other side of the mountain rather than still sitting at the top having been sacked at both Bayern Munich and Napoli.