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Garth Crooks reckons Everton could be about to lose Carlo Ancelotti

Garth Crooks has claimed in his BBC Sport Team of the Week column that he reckons Carlo Ancelotti could leave Everton this summer and head back to Spain to join Real Madrid – following Sunday’s loss to Sheffield United.

Everton’s hopes for European football in some degree took a massive blow as their awful home form continued, suffering a 1-0 defeat to already-relegated United. Teenager Daniel Jebbison got the only goal of the game.

In what was Jebbison’s first start for the Blades, he slid home after seven minutes and Everton failed to equalise. It leaves Everton in eighth, three behind seventh-placed West Ham. Seventh could mean Europa League football.

But it is more likely to be a place in the newly-formed Europa Conference League. Crooks, though, believes that Ancelotti could be tempted by a return to Real Madrid – with the Mirror reporting Ancelotti is on the shortlist.

“As for Everton, they can’t expect to keep a manager such as Carlo Ancelotti, when a team such as Real Madrid are sniffing and you struggle to get into Europe,” Crooks told BBC Sport’s Team of the Week column.

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TBR’s view – Could Ancelotti walk this summer?

It is a real possibility. Ancelotti – who has three years left on his £220,000-a-week contract (Sun) – will have definitely looked to have got Everton into the top six this season, especially after the start to the 2020-21 campaign.

To watch his side stumble and fall out of the top six, seven and now into eighth, it will be a huge frustration. They have to win their final two games to have any chance of a top-six finish – but they face Wolves and Manchester City.

If Real Madrid – who sit in second – come calling, then Ancelotti will surely walk – but as The Mirror report claims, Raul and Max Allegri are likely to be preferred by Madrid, given Raul is the Under-23 boss and Allegri is out of work.

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