Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has questioned the commitment of his players and says anyone who wants to leave this summer can go. The Italian was livid after his side’s defeat by Sheffield United on Sunday, which means they need favours from elsewhere to qualify for Europe. And while Ancelotti insists he does not need a “revolution” to rebuild his squad, he admits he was forced to seek some home truths from his players after their latest setback at Goodison Park. “There is no player that I can force to stay here,” Ancelotti said. “All of the players. What I told them is that if someone is not happy to stay here he has to leave, because the player has to want to be part of this project. “An unhappy player is not going to be a good part of this project. I don’t want to have unhappy players here. I want to have players who are happy to stay at Everton and feel part of this project. It is not a new thought. It is not unusual to say to the players, if you are not comfortable here or not happy you have to discuss with the club, and then you have to find a solution. You have to want to be here and be happy.” Sunday’s loss to bottom club Sheffield United was the lowest point in a season which had promised much more. “The commitment was not good, and I wanted the players to know,” Ancelotti said. “From most of them the commitment was not good. Unacceptable as the game was so important. I hope for a reaction.”
The 60-year-old found himself a target for social media trolls as the Magpies struggled.
The former Leeds manager has overseen a third of the Blades’ Premier League wins this season.