Frank McAvennie has backed Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti’s handling of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford – and has sympathy for the **** he is taking.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former West Ham and Celtic striker claimed the England international needs time out of the side to learn from his recent mistakes.

Before last Sunday, Pickford had played in all of Everton’s Premier League games since moving from Sunderland in 2017.

However, against Newcastle United, Ancelotti opted to start loanee Robin Olsen who joined from Roma on deadline day last month.

Speaking after the game, the Italian said Pickford would return to the starting XI against Manchester United this weekend.

Asked by Football Insider whether he thought Ancelotti was right to replace Pickford, McAvennnie said: “He was taking stick for the van Dijk challenge and social media is a horrible thing.

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“It can make you or break you and some people haven’t got thick skin.

“I don’t know Jordan but he needs thick skin for the amount of crap he’s been taking.

“At the time I said it looked like a centre-forward’s tackle in the box because they can’t tackle.

“For a keeper to go out and do that there’s no logic to it, so he got slaughtered for that.

“I think he’s made a few mistakes in the past couple of months so it’s right to let him out of the team.

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti

“Listen, Ancelotti is a good manager and he’ll know his players and he’s keeping both Olsen and Pickford happy.

“Pickford is still a top, top keeper but he’s just got to learn from his mistakes and that’s why he was left out of the team.”

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