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Tim Cahill sad to see Carlo Ancelotti leave Everton to become new Real Madrid manager

Tim Cahill has shared his sadness on Twitter at Carlo Ancelotti leaving Everton to become the new Real Madrid manager.

The Toffees have confirmed that Ancelotti has decided to walk away from Goodison Park just 18-months into a four-and-a-half-year contract. He replaces Zinedine Zidane in Madrid after the Frenchman quit over a lack of support from the board.

Ancelotti joined Everton in December 2019 to replace Marco Silva but leaves after guiding the club to a mid-table finish. The Blues ended the Premier League campaign in 10th after winning just six of their 19 home fixtures.

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A return of 22 points at Goodison Park last season also marked Everton’s worst record in a Premier League season. Far from Ancelotti’s long-term aim of making the club competitive domestically and in Europe.

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But Cahill saw progress in his former side under Ancelotti and believed that Everton were heading in the right direction. He is now sad to see the Italian walk away, knowing how highly supporters regarded the three-time Champions League winner.

“Have to say, after spending time with Carlo Ancelotti and the team for some time and seeing the way he works, I could see that the club was heading in the right direction,” Cahill wrote.

“To see him go is sad, as I know how much the fans liked him. One thing we do as Blues is we stick together.”

New Everton manager must build on Ancelotti’s work

Part of what held Everton back under Ancelotti last season was the lack of supporters for home games. The Italian thanked supporters for their help after 6,500 were at Goodison to watch the Toffees beat Wolves last month.

“The supporters helped us a lot,” he said, via quotes by the Liverpool Echo. “It makes sense that in three [league] games at home with fans we had three wins. That means something.”

The new Everton manager, when announced, must now build on Ancelotti’s work. As while the results were not always there at home, he established a squad that could challenge for European qualification.

Had supporters been in attendance all season, the Blues could have been preparing for Europa or Champions League football. Instead, they are searching for the man who will bring it to Goodison after Ancelotti walked away with the job only half done.

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