Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is a super-relaxed manager but does get “angry” – number two Duncan Ferguson would have chucked coffee cup “all over Goodison”.
That is according to ex-Premier League star Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Everton’s 2-0 loss to relegation strugglers Fulham on Sunday.
After the match, the 61-year-old manager put the result in perspective with a characteristically calm and analytical assessment: “The performance was not good enough.
“We weren’t able to manage the difficulties we had. It was a high-intensity game and I think we were tired from the game on Wednesday. But I think we need to have hope because usually this kind of games we played better.”
Mills has been impressed by the manager’s poise throughout his career.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “I think that’s where Ancelotti has always been fantastic.
“He takes everything in his stride, he doesn’t get flustered, doesn’t get too angry.
“I’ve read one or two of his autobiographies and it seems like that’s his M.O.
“The other night vs Tottenham summed it up. If Duncan Ferguson had that cup of coffee it would have been all over Goodison.
“I’m sure he does get angry from time to time. But I’ve said before, you can imagine him just sat in his office with the fire on, slippers on, cigar in hand, coffee or brandy on the go, just saying: ‘Yeah, whatever, it’ll be fine.’
“Very chilled out, very experienced guy. He’s seen it all before. Everton are lucky to have him.”
Everton are currently 7th in the league, five points outside the top four with two games in hand on five of the six teams above them in the table.
Everton have not finished any higher than 6th since 2008-09 and have finished in the top four just once since 1988