Everton fans won’t like this, but the evidence suggesting the club is sort of a springboard for recent managers to move on to bigger and better things is only getting bigger.
First there was Roberto Martinez, now responsible for the number 1 international team in Belgium. Dan Ronald Koeman, who will remain at the helm of Barcelona for the time being.
And, after Tuesday’s shocking reunion, Carlo Ancelotti has decided to return to Real Madrid. It undoubtedly leaves a sour taste in Goodison Park.
Carlo Ancelotti stunned Everton on Tuesday by deciding to leave and rejoin Real Madrid
It was not what Farhad Moshiri (R) had in mind when appointing Ancelotti in December 2019
EVERTON’S TRANSFER EXPENSES (2016-)
2016 – £77.40m
2017 – £182.88m
2018 – £89.82m
2019 – £108.9m
2020 – £67.38m
TOTAL – £526m
NET EXPENSES – £256 million
Figures according to Transfermarkt
Why? They thought they had one of the modern leading greats, a winner of league titles in Italy, England, France and Germany, immersed in a long-term project on Merseyside, with a deal of £11 million a year until 2024 on an unquestionable sweetener.
But after 18 months and a disappointing 10th place finish in the pandemic season, a door that was too good to be true opened for Ancelotti – and he took it.
Where now? Who should you turn to next? That’s for the club to work out. Nuno Epirito Santo has opened talks with the club and Eddie Howe and David Moyes are also contenders for the job.
When Farhad Moshiri took charge of the club in February 2016, Roberto Martinez was in the midst of his third and final season with the club.
At the end of that season, Martinez and the club split after finishing eleventh.
Everton are eager to break into the ‘top six’ but players like Leicester, West Ham and Wolves have all finished higher than them in recent years.
He has invested in the defense of Moshiri. grand.
That first summer of 2016 – with Ronald Koeman now at the helm – was a £77.4 million outlay including Yannick Bolasie, Morgan Schneiderlin (later in January) and Ashley Williams for a combined £58 million.
Roberto Martinez was the man in charge when Moshiri took ownership – but it never got better
Ronald Koeman was in charge for two summers and invested heavily but the points did not follow
Ironically, the second cheapest deal of the summer was signing a young Dominic Calvert-Lewin for £1.62 million, who is now arguably their best player after a breakthrough season at number 9. Food for thought perhaps.
Still, Koeman could only finish seventh – they haven’t finished higher since then – and after a torrid opening month to the 2017-18 season, he was sacked for Sam Allardyce, who successfully steered the club away from disastrous flirtations with relegation.
And yet that was with the most expensive summer of all behind us, as £182.88 million was spent. Although nearly half that amount was offset by the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, it was nowhere near the intended season.
So a change of tact. Enter Marco Silva, after an impressive few years at Hull.
That didn’t last long, though. An eighth place, a difficult opening month in his second season, and he was out the door.
Marco Silva was given the same amount of time as his predecessor – but was no longer successful
This time, however, it should have been different. Ancelotti’s reputation was – and apparently still gets his suitors this week – great across the continent, and it was seen as an absolute coup when Everton busted him no less than a week after he left Napoli.
Of course, we’ve had the pandemic ever since. Yet Everton still paid £67.38 million last summer to the likes of Ben Godfrey, Allan, James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure.
And at first, it looked like this could be Everton’s breakthrough year. They were the best in those first few weeks, after four bounce wins, with Calvert-Lewin the Premier League’s leading light.
However, that was as good as it got. A draw against Liverpool and three defeats followed, while wins against Chelsea and Arsenal in December did not change the long-term momentum.
Results such as home losses to Sheffield United at the bottom of the table were disastrous
There were some particularly disastrous results for Ancelotti and his squad last season. Newcastle doubled down on them, and home defeats to Burnley, Aston Villa and Sheffield United were particularly damaging to their European ambitions.
In total, that’s a five-year outlay of £526 million and a net outlay of £256 million. That is more money spent than, ironically, Real Madrid in the same period. Value for your money? Absolutely not.
All in all, tenth place was not what Ancelotti signed up for. Was Real Madrid v.2’s appeal too good to turn down? Perhaps. But it does say something about the lack of progress at Goodison Park in recent years.
The problem is which direction to go?
Former boss of 11 years Moyes is interesting for Everton but it may be difficult to convince him to leave given his success – and European football next season – at West Ham.
David Moyes (L) and Nuno Espirito Santo (R) are both contenders to take over Everton
Santo is the favorite after being fired from Wolves, while ex-Bournemouth boss Howe is also in the picture.
This week’s news has taken the club by storm. In every way, the players and the boardroom are just as stunned as the fans.
Poisoned chalice? It would seem that way for the past five years. Who’s boss on the new season’s opening day on August 14, before a fresh relaunch, is now a mystery.