Everton legend Tim Cahill has waxed lyrical about Goodison Park head coach Carlo Ancelotti, in conversation with Sky Sports.
Ancelotti was appointed as Marco Silva’s permanent successor at Everton on 21 December and, following on from Duncan Ferguson’s impressive interim spell, has helped turned the Toffees’ fortunes around further.
When Everton parted company with Silva, the Goodison Park side was battling Premier League relegation amid far too many sub-par displays, but Ancelotti revitalised the Toffees, who currently sit 12th in the table.
Cahill shared a heartwarming anecdote about Ancelotti which he described as “what the club is all about” before expressing optimism over the future of the Goodison Park side with the Italian in the dugout.
“I bumped into Carlo Ancelotti when I was at Finch Farm a few months back, and what a gentleman,” Cahill told Sky Sports. “He drove past me, he then pulled up, reversed and got out of his car and gave me a big hug. He told me I could come in whenever I wanted. That’s what the club is all about.
“Marco Silva is a great manager but unfortunately he had some difficult times. I think he needed to be more open and embrace the fans a little more. Results weren’t going his way, but you can see the personality of Ancelotti, the aura and the respect that he carries.
“He’s won the fans over, which is really important because they’re a big part of the football club. Everton will certainly improve and I’m looking forward to seeing where he can take the club.”
The mood amongst the Everton fanbase was previously at rock bottom, but in the space of a few weeks, it has become jovial and optimistic thanks to Ancelotti’s efforts.
Clearly something wasn’t working under Silva, as Ferguson was able to turn things around so quickly – literally from his first game against a tough opponent in Chelsea.
Ancelotti has built on the Scot’s impressive work and a team that was previously floundering became swashbuckling.
To make things even better, the Italian has ambitions for his Everton tenure – his contract is currently until 2024 – to be longer amid hopes of title charges and European runs – not to mention a brand new stadium.
To top it all, Ancelotti’s heartwarming gesture towards one of the club’s best players of recent times just confirms what an amazing man he is.