Ancelotti beats a Mersey retreat, quitting Everton for Real Madrid

June 2 – In the latest move in the post-season managerial merry-go-round, Carlo Ancelotti has unexpectedly quit Everton after just 18 months to become head coach of Real Madrid for a second time.

The Italian, who was previously in charge of Real between 2013 and 2015, has agreed a three-year deal to replace Zinedine Zidane, who recently left the club after its first trophy-less season in more than 10 years.

Ancelotti signed a four and half year contract with Everton in December 2019 but upped sticks just days after the club finished a disappointing 10th in the Premier League.

Nevertheless the 61-year-old is one of the most decorated managers in world football and won the Champions League with Real in 2014.

He is one of only three coaches – along with former Liverpool manager Bob Paisley and Zidane – to have won the European Cup or Champions League on three occasions, having also led AC Milan to glory in 2003 and 2007.

Ancelotti has also coached Juventus, Chelsea, Paris St Germain, Napoli and Bayern Munich in his 26-year managerial career and said the move back top Spain came out of the blue and could not be turned down.

“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.”

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