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Former Premier League manager raves over Everton man he knows very well

Sam Preston November 18, 2020
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Paul Clement was Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant manager at Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid.

The former Swansea manager is not with the Italian at Everton, as he seeks to transform fortunes at Goodison Park.

He’s already done a lot of good work and in the Guardian, Clement paid tribute to Ancelotti, speaking in glowing terms about the experienced manager.

Clement says he still recalls the Italian’s advice at times and lifted the lid on what makes him so good.


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“I’m often asked how I would describe Carlo,” said Clement “The best way I can answer is to say that if I were a player, I would love to play for a coach like him. He is by far the greatest influence on my career.

“I watched how he dealt with people and relationships, managing to be strong in his ways and ideas and to make sure that the dressing room was a disciplined place, while developing strong relationships with players.

“He made them feel comfortable. He got the best out of them. He also did the same for me. I never saw him get too high, and never too low. I learned a lot from that level-headed approach.

“Later on, in my time as a manager at Derby County and then Swansea, I often went back to those times. I recalled different situations and the ways in which Carlo managed them. ‘What would Carlo do?'”

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Everton knew they were getting a world-class manager in Ancelotti and they’re seeing the impact of that now.

The start to the season saw them at the top of the Premier League just months after the club was at such a low ebb under Marco Silva.

Results have tailed off in the last three matches but it’s clear he’s boosted the whole club and raised expectations.

Clement knows as well as anyone just how good Ancelotti can be – and his next challenge is bring silverware back to Everton.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.