Everton squad silence is deafening as Carlo Ancelotti Real Madrid situation sinks in
As the dust began to settle and Evertonians began to come to terms with what had just happened, the mood began to change.
A feeling of shock and surprise was quickly being replaced by one of anger and frustration at what had just occurred.
Evertonians tucking into their Sunday roast did so believing Carlo Ancelotti was currently plotting how to improve their side’s fortunes ahead of the new season.
But by the time they sat down to eat their tea on Tuesday night, they did so with their club once again on the hunt for a new manager.
Ancelotti was gone. An offer from Real Madrid was too good to turn down and, after just 18 months at the helm, his Goodison Park tenure was over.
From those inside the boardroom to Blues supporters across the world, no one saw this managerial departure coming.
Fans have rightly been left feeling betrayed and bitter as plenty of promises, made by the man they called ‘The Don’, now seem empty, false and nothing more than sound bites.
Ancelotti’s decision has left the Blues searching for a fifth permanent manager in five years, with the club needing to find a new boss quickly in order to get their summer transfer plans back on track.
Meanwhile, the mood inside the dressing room appears to be one of mixed emotions.
Since the Italian’s departure on Tuesday, not one member of Everton’s first-team squad, except for youngster Thierry Small, has moved to send their former boss a public message.
The ECHO understands that some players have opted not to post in response to Ancelotti’s departure as they are solely focused on their countries upcoming matches, with the likes of Jordan Pickford, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Lucas Digne all expected to feature at the upcoming Euros.
But even so, Marco Silva, who many claimed had lost the dressing room in the final weeks of his tenure, received plenty of messages of thanks from the squad in the immediate aftermath of his own departure.
Plus, the Blues have plenty of members from their squad who aren’t currently on international duty, so what is their reason for not making a move publicly?
No matter what way you look at it, one thing is for certain, Carlo Ancelotti’s sudden exit has hit everyone associated with Everton hard.
And the comments he made about the Blues during his Real Madrid unveiling on Wednesday evening may have just made sure that any messages that were possibly forthcoming, won’t be now.
After all, saying nothing sometimes says the most.