It’s been nine months since Everton secured one of the biggest managerial coups in Premier League history, yet Blues fans still pinch themselves when they see Carlo Ancelotti orchestrating affairs from the touchline.
But, while supporters are unable to see Don Carlo in the flesh at the moment, they will hope this changes before the season comes to a close. After all, the early signs have been very positive.
Everton’s 4-1 demolition of West Ham not only propelled the club into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, but saw them become the first Toffees side to start a season with six successive wins since the band of 1938.
Football buffs will recall that Everton went on to lift the title during the 1938/39 campaign; the club did not have a manager at the helm at this particular time, instead the team was selected by coaches and boardroom members.
However, while Everton are nowhere near dreaming of a title push at the moment - well, maybe some fans are - if Ancelotti’s men maintain their faultless start to the campaign with a win at home to Brighton on Saturday, it will represent their best start in an eye-popping three centuries; dating all the way back to the hazy days of 1894.
Everton may ultimately have finished the 1894/95 season empty handed - they were runners-up to Sunderland in the league - but the season is stamped in the club’s history books as it saw the Toffees rocket out of the blocks with eight successive wins; 126 years later and this remains a club record, for the moment at least.
During that winning streak the likes of Birmingham (5-0), Nottingham Forest (6-1) and West Brom (4-1) were all swept aside in one-sided encounters, as were rivals Liverpool (3-0 at Goodison), before Everton were eventually beaten 4-3 by Blackburn.
As stated, a win over Brighton will catapult Everton to seven wins out of seven. They would then have the chance to equal the feat of 1894 with a huge clash at home to Liverpool; with whom they haven’t beaten in any competition in a staggering 22 matches spanning 10 years.
If they overcome that hurdle then a victory down on the south coast at Southampton will cement their place in Everton folklore.
Everton are currently six for six
Meanwhile, a victory over Brighton this weekend will also represent Everton’s best ever start to a Premier League season; topping Howard Kendall’s men who won three on the spin in 1993/94. However, it’s worth noting that Kendall’s side then crumbled and ended up finishing 17th, as they survived the drop by all of two points.
There’s no sign of that happening to Everton under Ancelotti, who currently boasts a win rate of 51.85%; the best of any permanent Everton manager since Kendall’s historic first spell back in the 80s (54.14%).