Martin Keown says it’s ‘unbelievable’ Everton have managed to land ‘one of the all-time greats of management’ in Carlo Ancelotti as their new boss.
However, not everyone at talkSPORT is convinced he is the right fit for the job.
The Toffees have been praised for bringing three-time Champions League winner Ancelotti to Goodison Park, after his appointment was finally announced on Saturday.
The experienced Italian’s arrival was confirmed just an hour before kick-off of their Premier League clash against Arsenal, and he was spotted in the director’s box as Duncan Ferguson took charge of the team for the final time as interim boss.
And speaking to talkSPORT on Friday, Keown was astounded the struggling Premier League side had been able to lure a boss of Ancelotti’s experience and incredible winning record to Merseyside.
“This guy is one of the all-time greats of management,” he said. “His win percentage is in the high 60s!
“He’s a top-drawer manager, he’s won five top division titles, he’s won virtually everywhere he has been
“He’s being paid huge money to come there but Everton is not the normal club he goes to.
“Okay, he’s fallen down the ladder a little bit, but he’s been everywhere – Juventus, Milan, PSG, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea – it’s unbelievable!”
According to reports, Ancelotti will earn a cool £11.5million basic salary and will pocket an extra £2.5m bonus if he keeps the Toffees in the Premier League.
His arrival is a huge coup for Everton, but this is unfamiliar territory for the Italian.
In the Toffees, he is taking over a team that hasn’t won a major trophy since the 1995 FA Cup and currently sits 16th in the Premier League, just three points above the relegation zone.
And former Chelsea defender Jason Cundy is not convinced it is the right fit.
“You know what he has done and he’s got an amazing CV, there aren’t many better in world football,” said the talkSPORT host.
“I’m lucky enough to have seen his work up close, he’s a brilliant guy.
“But you look at the clubs at his managed… I’m just not sure he’s the right man for Everton.
“At his previous clubs he has some of the best players in the world, squads that almost man-managed themselves.
“Just look at his Chelsea team – Michael Ballack, Ashley Cole, Petr Cech, Frank Lampard, John Terry, Didier Drogba…
“But now he’s going into an Everton side which is very different. Is he going to coach Tom Davies to become one of the best midfielders in the world?
“Ballack was already that, Lampard was already that, it was just about knowing how to get the best out of them.”