Everton consider Maurizio Sarri as new manager after Carlo Ancelotti exit
According to Calciomercato.it, Everton could appoint Lazio target Maurizio Sarri as their new manager to replace Carlo Ancelotti.
The Toffees are searching for Ancelotti’s successor after he stood down to return to Real Madrid to replace Zinedine Zidane. The Italian stood at the Goodison Park helm for just 18-months, securing 12th and 10th placed Premier League finishes.
Farhad Moshiri may look to Sarri to fill the vacant hot seat but will contend with Lazio for his services. Everton’s owner is making his fifth permanent managerial appointment since buying an initial 49.9% stake in the club in 2016.
Lazio and Sarri have agreed a 48-hour deadline for the Italian to decide if he will accept the job. Friday is the definitive mark for the pair to have a future together or not. The Biancocelesti are intent on having the former Chelsea boss on their bench next season.
But Sarri is taking his time to reach a decision, yet finances are not the key point of focus. Instead, the 62-year-old is seeking assurances that Lazio’s intended project will allow him to be competitive in the Serie A.
Interest from Everton also ensures all avenues stay open, two years after leaving Stamford Bridge despite winning the Europa League. Sarri lasted just a year in London, even though he oversaw 40 wins in 63 games across all competitions.
TBR’s view: Sarri a solid choice as new Everton manager
Everton may struggle to convince Sarri to return to the Premier League with Lazio pushing for his arrival. Yet Moshiri would appoint a solid new manager at Goodison Park if he can convince the Tuscany native to come.
Chelsea booted Sarri despite finishing the Premier League season in third and claiming a European title. The highly-regarded Italian would also bring a unique style of attacking football to Merseyside.
His ‘Sarri Ball’ would suit players like Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and built his 4-3-3 with Allan at the heart of the midfield. The Brazilian was also one of the stars of Ancelotti’s only full season in charge after joining from Napoli in a £21million deal last September.
Pep Guardiola is also a fan, lauding Sarri via Sky Sports in 2018: “I’m happy that a manager of that level is in the Premier League. I’m going to learn a lot to see him every weekend. The way he plays I think will be perfect for English football.”
If Sarri elects against taking the Lazio job, Moshiri should explore hiring him as the new Everton manager replacing Ancelotti.