Carlo Ancelotti’s tactics reportedly questioned by players as angry Everton fans confront Marcel Brands

A bad week for Everton

Carlo Ancelotti’s tactics have reportedly been questioned by the Everton players, while Marcel Brands was forced to confront angry fans at Finch Farm.

Everton suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Liverpool on Sunday.

The Toffees were favourites for the clash, with their rivals fielding a heavily weakened team.

Despite that, Everton went on to lose the game 1-0, following a stunning strike from Liverpool youngster Curtis Jones.

The second-half was particularly disappointing, with Everton players looking as though they had given up and run out of ideas.

That led to widespread criticism from Everton fans, and a lot of hostility surrounds the club this week.

Now, according to an insightful report, the Everton dressing room is seemingly falling apart in the wake of that Anfield defeat.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 05: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) James Milner of Liverpool Goes down with an in-jury during the FA Cup Third Round match between Liverpool FC and Everton at Anfield on January 05, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Is it the players or the manager?

According to the Athletic, after their commitment was questioned by assistant boss Duncan Ferguson, some Everton players responded with defiance.

It’s claimed that some players believed they had given their all during the second-half, instead suggesting Carlo Ancelotti’s tactics were the reason they struggled.

The Everton coaching staff were supposedly left ‘stunned’ by the defiance.

It’s also claimed that some in the squad believe Ancelotti’s tactics are ‘limiting the impact of certain players’.

Everton fans confront Marcel Brands

The hostility surrounding Everton reached a new peak on Wednesday afternoon, too.

According to the Times, a group of Everton fans arrived at Finch Farm, the club’s training ground, to confront the players.

When security stopped them, the fans threatened to create a blockade if players did not come out to speak to them.

In the end, director of football Marcel Brands came out to calm the disappointed fans, listening to their complaints.

One of their biggest grievances was that they believe ‘Everton have become a destination for players to earn a big pay cheque without taking on the responsibility for improving the club’s fortunes.’

Safe to say, things need to improve quickly for Everton. Otherwise, complaints will only get louder.


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