English Premier League club side, Everton Football Club have appointed Carlo Ancelotti as their manager on a four-and-a-half-year contract.

The Italian, who was sacked by Serie A side, Napoli earlier this month succeeds Marco Silva who was dismissed by the Goodison Park outfit on December 6.

Ancelotti, a three-time Champions League-winning coach returns to English football eight and a half years after he was sacked by Chelsea.

Everton’s caretaker manager during their search for Silva’s successor, Duncan Ferguson will remain at the club as part of Ancelotti’s backroom team.

The club announced Ancelotti’s arrival on Saturday before its Premier League game against Arsenal, who also appointed former Gunners and Toffees midfielder, Mikel Arteta as their head coach on Friday.


The first match for the 60-year-old Ancelotti will be the home game against Burnley on December 26.

“This is a great club with a rich history and a very passionate fan base,” Ancelotti, a former AC Milan, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain coach said.

He added: “There is a clear vision from the owner and the board to deliver trophies. That is something that appeals to me as a manager.

“I am thrilled at the prospect of being able to work with everybody at the club to help make that vision a reality.”

Ancelotti has won 15 major trophies during his career and is one of only three managers to win three European Cups/Champions Leagues, along with Liverpool legend, Bob Paisley and Real Madrid gaffer, Zinedine Zidane.

He won two Champions Leagues titkes with AC Milan and one with Real Madrid as well as domestic titles with Milan in Italy, Chelsea in England, Paris St-Germain in France and Bayern Munich in Germany.

He guided Chelsea to the Premier League and FA Cup double during his first season in charge in the 2009/2010 campaign but was dismissed after failing to win a trophy the following season.