Everton have officially appointed Carlo Ancelotti as new boss on a four-and-a-half-year contract.

Ancelotti was sacked by Napoli earlier this month and was appointed to replace Marco Silva who was also sacked by Everton on 6 December.

The Italian was a three-time Champions League-winning coach when he with AC Milan and Real Madrid. He even led Napoli to Champions League last 16 this season before being sacked.

This is Ancelotti’s first return to English Premier League since he was sacked by Chelsea eight and half years ago.

“This is a great club with a rich history and a very passionate fanbase,” said the former AC Milan, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain boss Ancelotti.

“There is a clear vision from the owner and the board to deliver trophies. That is something that appeals to me as a manager.

“I am thrilled at the prospect of being able to work with everybody at the club to help make that vision a reality.”

Meanwhile, Duncan Ferguson will step aside after Everton’s match against Arsenal. But he has been appointed as part of Ancelotti’s backroom team.

“I have seen from the performances in the past two weeks that the players are capable of so much,” added Ancelotti.

“The work Duncan has done is a great credit to him. Strong organisation, strong discipline and the right motivation are some of the key ingredients in football, and I’m pleased that he will be part of my backroom team.”

Everton’s director of football Marcel Brands described Ancelotti as “one of the finest managers in world football” and a “proven winner”.

“Carlo is the perfect appointment for us,” he added.

“He knows how to build a trophy-winning side and we share the excitement of our fans at the prospect of him leading our team in the years ahead.”