Former West Ham player and Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has bizarrely belittled Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti’s managerial career. The Italian took over at Goodison back in December weeks after leaving Napoli, and has kept them in European contention with the Blues sitting 12th in the Premier League in a tightly-congested mid-table battle to qualify for the Europa League. But despite Ancelotti’s status as one of the most successful and well-respected managers in European football, his compatriot has dismissed his achievements, claiming it is only because of his players and citing his lack of silverware at Napoli as proof that he is overrated.
Paolo Di Canio said “He has found his level (at Everton), He is among the best in the management of great champions who play at big clubs. He has won where they win regardless of who the coach is; at Real Madrid where many have won, at Paris Saint-Germain, and at Bayern Munich. Instead at Napoli, it did not go like this. In the first year, he took advantage of the mechanisms Maurizio Sarri had left him, he had to put his own ones in during the second, and the results are there to see, with a limited budget.”