Dominic Calvert-Lewin hints at preferred Everton next manager after Carlo Ancelotti exit

Carlo Ancelotti leaves Everton for Real Madrid

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin has admitted Everton stars were shocked by the sudden departure of manager Carlo Ancelotti. But the striker talked up the abilities of assistant coach Duncan Ferguson who could be in the frame for the new vacancy on Merseyside.

Ancelotti left Goodison Park after 18 months to return for a second-spell at Real Madrid. 

The Italian’s decision to leave the Toffees for the Santiago Bernabeu was unexpected and caught Everton’s players off guard. 

Calvert-Lewin described the exit as a ‘big surprise’ but has huge gratitude for his former boss. 

“It’s come as a shock. I don’t think anybody expected it. But it’s how football works and you have to move forward,” he said.

“I haven’t spoken to anybody at the club, apart from the Everton lads who are with England but we all felt the same.

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“It’s a big, big surprise, but you just have to roll with these things in football.

“When Carlo came in, I was just hitting some good form under Big Dunc.

“But for a manager of his stature to come in and put his belief in me like he did was all that I needed at that time.

“Carlo’s temperament and the way he manages players was a great fit for me. He managed to get some great form out of me.

“He didn’t really give me too many instructions other than just to be more focused in the box, those were his words.

“He made quite a big thing of me scoring off one touch which has worked well this season.

“He made quite a big thing of me scoring off one touch which has worked well this season.

“He stressed my job is to score goals so if I get players in to create chances my job’s to put them in the back of the net and I think particularly in the first part of the season, that’s how it went.”

Everton legend Ferguson remains on Merseyside and is reportedly keen to take over Ancelotti.

According to the Sun, Ferguson feels he is ready for the top job and even turned down the chance to join Ancelotti’s coaching staff in Madrid.

The 49-year-old enjoyed a successful brief  interim spell in charge in 2019, claiming five points from three games. 

And Calvert-Lewin, who is currently preparing for the Euros with England, likened Ferguson’s qualities to Ancelotti. 

“Big Dunc is pretty cool, calm and collected in a similar way to Carlo, He always oozes calmness.

“Whether at half time when he’s saying to do this and that – it’s always in a calm manner although he can lose his head when telling us something we need to be told!”


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