Joey Barton: I've heard this CL winning manager is going to Everton
By Danny Wright
Joey Barton has claimed that the he has “heard noises” about Carlo Ancelotti potentially replacing Ronald Koeman as Everton manager.
Koeman has found himself under increasing pressure at Goodison Park having only won two of the first seven Premier League games this term, with Sunday’s home loss to Burnley perhaps being the worst of them all.
Ancelotti has recently been sacked by Bayern Munich after a poor start to the season which saw his side thrashed 3-0 by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last week.
The Italian boss has won three Champions League titles during his time in management, two with AC Milan and another with Real Madrid.
Ex-Newcastle midfielder Barton believes that his ridiculously impressive-looking CV means that he is too good to come to a team like Everton, especially with them so far away from the Premier League elite in terms of points and quality.
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“I think Koeman is a good manager and, given time and resources, I think he would get the right blend. And obviously if you’re going to replace him, who would you replace him with?” said Barton, as quoted on the TalkSport website.
“I heard noises about Carlo Ancelotti coming in, but what’s he going to do with that side? He still needs a centre-forward, he still needs a centre-half, he’s still got an issue at right-back.
“I wouldn’t take it if I was Ancelotti. You’ve just managed Chelsea, Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern Munich… why would you want the Everton job?”
Everton have been dealt with some tough fixtures in the early months of this season, having already played against Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United.
Their run of games doesn’t exactly improve after the international break either as after a clash at Brighton they will square up to Lyon, Arsenal and Chelsea again.
In other Everton news, Ian Wright has suggested how long Koeman has to turn things around at Goodison Park.