Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that the ‘family’ mentality at Goodison Park was the main reason he agreed to join them.
The Italian boss has been in charge since December 2019, when he arrived as a replacement for Marco Silva following a disastrous start to the season.
He’s been a major hit on Merseyside since, with Everton fans quickly embracing a manager who is comfortably the most high profile and successful they have had in 40 years at the club.
It’s a relationship that has quickly blossomed, with Ancelotti a firm favourite among the Goodison faithful, who are convinced he is the right man to lead them to success in future.
Indeed, Ancelotti has been warmly embraced as part of the wider Everton family, something he says attracted him in the first place.
“First of all, the organization,” he told Sky Sport Italy, when asked about what won him over.
“This is practically a family; many of those who work here are fans and fans of Everton.
“Everton is a much-loved club rather than criticized, even if the past has not been the best because this team hasn’t won for many years. The fan still shows a lot of love for these colours.”
After seeing out the campaign last year and Everton to mid-table security, the Blues have worked hard to show improvement this year.
They have built on an impressive summer transfer window to currently sit seventh in the table but just two points outside of the top four.
They can move into the Champions League places with a win over West Bromwich Albion this evening, a big turnaround for club in just over a year.
Indeed this season has seen improvement across the board, and Ancelotti believes it is down to him instilling some belief in his squad.
“Perhaps what I have given is the conviction that this team could do something more than last year,” he added.
“It is true that we have invested, we have taken important players and the team has improved, but even those who were here last year have a different ambition, motivation and spirit.”