With three wins from four games and their eyes firmly set on moving up the table, it’s fair to say that Everton are happy with Carlo Ancelotti.
While there was plenty of disappointment about the defeat to Liverpool in the FA Cup and acceptance there is a lot of work to be done at the club, the fact they’ve got such a high profile manager is very comforting.
Everton fans have had little complaint about the Italian manager thus far, with many hoping he is the man who can finally solve the myriad issues at the club.
But while he is viewed in a positive light on Merseyside, the same cannot be said back in Naples. Instead, Ancelotti is receiving criticism from all corners when it comes to Napoli.
Since his departure last month, the majority of the problems have been laid at Ancelotti’s feet, and that’s continuing a month later.
For example, Corriere Dello Sport covered the situation at Napoli yesterday and how Gennaro Gattuso, Ancelotti’s replacement, is trying to change things at the club.
He wants them to play the kind of football they enjoyed under Maurizio Sarri, which was ‘the best football in Italy’ but is struggling to get it going because of Ancelotti’s failed reign.
There’s even a suggestion that the player’s aren’t fit enough to play Sarri-ball anymore, which is, of course, Ancelotti’s fault.
Ancelotti has picked up on these suggestions at Everton, and ‘found himself with his eyebrow arched’ and a sense of ‘bitterness’ about it all.
Gattuso isn’t the only one sticking the knife in though, with Enrico Fedele, former agent to Fabio and Paolo Cannavaro, also giving his two cents.
Speaking to Il Bello del Calcio, relayed by Arena Napoli, he did not hold back on criticising the Everton manager.
“Carlo Ancelotti wanted two footballers: David Ospina and Hirving Lozano,” he said.
“This is the truth. The current Everton coach wanted them strongly.
“I’ve had it with Ancelotti. The coach was a disaster even from a strictly economic point of view.
“The Napoli players, due to Carlo Ancelotti and his game system, have been devalued.
“The Neapolitans, moreover, they will not go to the Champions League and will, therefore, lose about sixty million euros.
“I was hoping that the current Everton coach could do much better, but the results were extremely negative for him.”