Noel Whelan has blasted Carlo Ancelotti for his “disrespectful” departure from Everton.
The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 61-year-old had dealt the Toffees a “massive kick in the teeth”.
Everton confirmed Ancelotti had left the club to rejoin Real Madrid on Tuesday.
Everton can confirm that Carlo Ancelotti has left his position as manager to take up the role of Head Coach at Real Madrid.
— Everton (@Everton) June 1, 2021
As revealed by Football Insider on Friday (4th June), Everton have opened talks with former Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo over the vacant post.
Speaking back in February, Ancelotti claimed he wanted to stay in charge of the Toffees until they moved into their new stadium in 2024.
Whelan admitted he could understand the lure of joining Real Madrid.
However, he claimed Ancelotti had shown “Everton mean nothing to him” with his decision.
Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It’s a real kick in the teeth.
“It’s a bit of a disrespectful one because last season, they underachieved with what they spent. You’d think they’d need to go out there, improve and build on that.
“Instead, he’s shown that Everton mean nothing to him and gone back to Real Madrid.
“I mean look, who would not turn down Real Madrid? But when you sign a contract, you should abide by it.
“When the ship’s sailing that way, you’ve just had a big collision. It was a massive, massive shock to everybody. No one even thought that was on the cards. It’s a real massive kick in the teeth for Everton.”
Ancelotti joined the Toffees in December 2019 and won 31 of his 67 games in charge.
He picked up an average of 1.6 points per match, the worst record at any club during his managerial career.