22 Sept 2015

Liverpool Stunner: FSG in talks with 'amazing' 5-time CL-winner to replace Rodgers. Zidane, Rivaldo, Pirlo...to Lallana?

Legendary boss Carlo Ancelotti is currently 5-1 second favourite to succeed Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, and according to reports in Italy today, FSG are already in talks with the Italian over the possibility of taking over at Liverpool.

According to an alleged exclusive on Calcio Mercato:

* After the poor start to the season, FSG are 'ready' take make a change.

* The group has 'already started contact' with Ancelotti's 'entourage'.

This is not the first time FSG have tried to get Ancelotti:

* Feb 2013: French newspaper Le Parisien, claimed that FSG secretly approached Ancelotti: "According to our information, Carlo Ancelotti was approached in November and December by three Premier League clubs including Manchester City and Liverpool"

* Mar 2013: Italian newspaper Tutto Mercato claimed that Liverpool were still monitoring Ancelotti.

Ancelotti - hailed by Cristiano Ronaldo as a 'great coach and an amazing person' - certainly has many advantages over Rodgers:

* Massive experience in the game.

* A long, winning track record.

* Worldwide respect for his achievements in the game.

* Experience of managing the world's best players.

* Ability to attract top class players.

* Experience of winning the Premier League.

* The personal authority that comes with success.

Obviously, Ancelotti is a dream appointment, but given the choice, I'd go with Jurgen Klopp, for the following reasons:

* Ancelotti is a hired gun; he goes into a club, spends shedloads of money, wins a couple of trophies, then leaves. He's a superb manager, but he doesn't build anything for the long-term. Indeed, Since 2009, Ancelotti hasn't managed any team for longer than two years.

* Klopp is younger, and (arguably) more aligned to Liverpool's needs. The Reds need a manager who'll achieve success in the present, but also build for the future, and continue to develop the academy. Clearly, the German fits the bill.

The problem is, however, that neither manager is a 'yes man'. Both are tough, single-minded, and like to do things their own way, although Klopp is willing to work with a Director of Football, as confirmed by his agent in June:

"In Germany there is a clear separation between manager and sporting director. Jurgen does not like to speak to players’ agents"

Ancelotti has always had good things to say about Liverpool. Most recently, when asked in 2012 who he believed are the world's best fans, he told CNN World Sport:

"In my opinion Liverpool fans [are the best]. When they sing a song your hair stands up".

I just can't see Ancelotti coming to Liverpool. This is a guy who has managed the likes of Ronaldo, Pirlo, Maldini, Nesta, Cafu, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, and Zidane (!)

Can he really go from that to managing Origi, Lallana, and Milner?

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Author: Jaimie K


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