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Cast your mind back to late November 2019, and Everton were in a spot of bother.

Marco Silva’s job hung by a thread and reports circulated that the higher-ups at Goodison Park were considering some replacements for the Spaniard.

One man who was touted as the possible next Everton manager was Mark Hughes, and as you can imagine, some fans weren’t best pleased with the idea of Hughes becoming Toffees manager.

You can understand why as well, Hughes had been sacked by Stoke and Southampton in 2018, and it’s been a long time since one of his teams impressed in the Premier League.

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Luckily, Everton didn’t get Hughes, and their next appointment would change the course of the entire football club.

As we all know, Everton would instead appoint one of the best managers of all time in the shape of Carlo Ancelotti.

The three-time Champions League winner’s CV quite clearly trumps Hughes’, but the way he has transformed the club goes beyond what’s just happening on the pitch.

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Just look at Everton’s summer signings, James Rodriguez and Allan are two of the biggest names we’ve seen at Goodison Park since the turn of the millennium, and you have to think they wouldn’t have come to Merseyside if they didn’t already have a strong existing relationship with Ancelotti from his spells in Madrid and Naples.

The Italian’s allure and his tactics have now led Everton to a position where they can start dreaming about a top-four finish, and it’s hard to imagine that Hughes would ever have had the Blues in that position, considering that he almost took both Stoke and Southampton down.

It’s a real sliding doors moment in the club’s history, and in just one year they’ve come an incredibly long way.

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