Everton ‘will at­tract stars’

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - Liver­pool

– Carlo Ancelotti’s ap­point­ment as Everton man­ager will al­low the Mersey­side club to at­tract play­ers of a higher cal­i­bre who can help them end their nearly 25-year tro­phy drought, ac­cord­ing to for­mer Eng­land striker Alan Shearer.

Ancelotti, who has won three Cham­pi­ons League ti­tles and league tro­phies in four coun­tries, agreed a 4-1/2 year deal with Everton on Satur­day.

Shearer be­lieves the Ital­ian coach’s man-man­age­ment skills could help make a sim­i­lar im­pact as Juer­gen Klopp and Pep Guardi­ola at Liver­pool and Manch­ester City re­spec­tively.

“I think it’s a great coup for Everton to have him,” the Premier League’s record goalscorer Shearer told the BBC.

“He’ll be able to at­tract play­ers they wouldn’t be able to if Ancelotti wasn’t the man­ager.

“Look at Klopp and Guardi­ola. You hear about their man-man­age­ment skills. That’s what makes them very, very good man­agers. You need to stroke a few egos from time to time. Ancelotti (above) can do that.”

For­mer Real Madrid and Bay­ern Mu­nich coach Ancelotti is mak­ing a re­turn to English foot­ball 8-1/2 years af­ter he was sacked by Chelsea.

He guided Chelsea to the Premier League ti­tle and FA Cup in his first sea­son in 2009/10, but for­mer Everton striker Tony Cot­tee said Ancelotti will need more time for what will be a re­build­ing job at Good­i­son Park.

“He’s not go­ing to be sur­prised by the pace of the league and some of the things a man­ager com­ing in from Europe can be af­fected by,” Cot­tee told Sky Sports.

“My main con­cern re­ally is that when he ar­rived at Chelsea, there was a win­ning men­tal­ity at the club. They’d al­ready won tro­phies, and he car­ried on win­ning.

“My only slight worry is where Everton are at the mo­ment. They’ve not won any­thing since 1995, that’s a long time ago. He needs to go in and re­build the club – and I’m guess­ing that’s why he’s been given a 4-1/2 year deal.”

For­mer Liver­pool de­fender Jamie Car­ragher, an Everton fan grow­ing up, said Ancelotti faced a very dif­fer­ent chal­lenge to most of his pre­vi­ous coach­ing jobs, one that proved be­yond re­cent Everton man­agers Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koe­man, Sam Al­lardyce and Silva.

“What Ancelotti does is he takes re­ally good teams and adds a little touch to it which takes them to that next step, es­pe­cially in the Cham­pi­ons League,” Car­ragher told

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