Everton finally get what they wanted and Carlo Ancelotti proves it – Connor O’Neill

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Everton supporters knew what they were losing when the statement they dreaded eventually dropped at 6pm on June 1 last year.

In Carlo Ancelotti they had a manager they trusted. They had a manager they believed in and wanted to get behind.

This was Carlo Ancelotti the serial winner. The master of winning on the biggest of stages and the master of managing big name players.

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But in the space of a couple of days that hope was gone. The man they loved had departed for Real Madrid and in the eyes of many Everton supporters their club was back at square one.

A tenth place finish was frowned up by some Blues supporters. But come March this year, what they would have given to be comfortably in mid table.

Rafa Benitez was the man chosen to replace Ancelotti. But the feeling towards the Spaniard could not have been much different to the love and affection shown towards the Italian.

And it wasn’t just Evertonians who had a lot of love for the now four-time Champions League winner. Speaking ahead of Saturday’s final, Jordan Pickford couldn’t have been more glowing about his former boss.

“When we got him at Everton, it was like, ‘Wow, we’ve got a legend of the game here.’ He had done it as a player and manager before he came to us and he had a very good staff around him as well, ”he remarked.

“He had his son, Davide, and a really good team, and we learned quite a lot with Carlo. We knew what a top manager he was, and when he went to Real Madrid, we knew he’d be capable of winning stuff .

“So, yeah, it was a good 18 months working with him. It was a really good learning curve individually, to learn off a very good manager, one of the greatest.

“We saw how calm he is around situations. You could see when he was at the training ground he had plenty left in him.

“To win the Spanish league and reach the Champions League final shows that. I think it was Rio Ferdinand who said he was ‘Don Carlo’. You can see him with a cigar in his mouth! He’s brilliant.”

While Anthony Gordon, a player Ancelotti handed his first Premier League start to, was quick to congratulate the 62-year-old. He wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations to Mr Ancelotti and Davide, an incredible journey to win the way they did.”

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There was, rightly, anger and disappointment from Everton supporters in the immediate aftermath to the Italian’s departure. Many felt betrayed and hurt by the way he jumped ship.

All the talk about wanting to build a legacy at Everton and move with the club to Bramley-Moore Dock seemed like a lie.



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And the Blues’ battle to avoid the drop only added fuel to the fire. At the same time as Everton fought to avoid relegation to the Championship, Ancelotti was claiming the La Liga title.

But in Everton’s hour of need, along came Frank Lampard. His charming smile and straight talking approach instantly won the Blues faithful over.

There were bumps in the road along the way – but following the dramatic comeback win over Crystal Palace – safety was finally secured. The scenes that followed at Goodison Park were simply incredible.

The stands emptied and the pitch filled with people. Blue smoke clogged the air as supporters celebrated survival and the relief that such an achievement brings.

Frank Lampard, together with supporters, danced to the beat of the Spirit of the Blues, before he embraced members of the club’s hierarchy in the directors box.

If Everton supporters were feeling jubilant in the wake of the Palace victory, then the last seven days have certainly been a moral booster for the Blue half of Merseyside.

In the end, Everton supporters got what they wanted in terms of survival and a manager they can fully get behind. These last few months have seen things come together, on and off the pitch.

While Ancelotti also got what he wanted. A return to the top tier of management, a La Liga title and another Champions League to add to the collection.

Some Evertonians will never forgive Ancelotti for leaving the way he did, but things have properly worked out quite well for both in the end. While Saturday’s result in Paris will certainly have helped smooth relations between Ancelotti and Blues fans.

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