Carlo Ancelotti admits he is under pressure to succeed at Everton

The presence of a second striker allowed Edouard to drop into space and take his game to new heights last term and, with Ajeti adjudged fit enough to start for the first time since his £5m transfer from West Ham, there was no requirement for the Frenchman to hold a high position.

Sept 11 (Reuters) – Newly-promoted West Bromwich Albion have unfinished business in the transfer market as they aim to buy more players but are struggling to get further deals over the line due to a lack of funds, manager Slaven Bilic said on Friday.

It was from one of those deeper pockets that he started the one-two with James Forrest that carried him into the box where he fell under the close attentions of Jordan Tillson and was instantly awarded the penalty by referee Andrew Dallas. 

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Bale has another two years on his contract with Real, who seem desperate to offload him. Reports this week suggested the Spanish champions will pay half of Bale’s £600,000-a-week wage if someone takes him. 

The powers-that be bestowed test event status on this fixture and, as 300 Ross County supporters settled into their socially-distanced seats, Neil Lennon used the occasion to try out a few new ideas of his own. 

The addition of James Rodriguez, the Colombia superstar with whom Ancelotti has worked at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, plus the arrivals of Brazil midfielder Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure, did not come cheap but they were his prime targets for the window.

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West Brom have already signed five players — Matheus Pereira, Grady Diangana, Callum Robinson, Cedric Kipre and David Button — in the close-season since earning promotion back to the Premier League after a two-year absence.

O’Leary’s cash bonus was around 92 per cent of the maximum he could have received and took his total remuneration for the year to March to €3.5million – including €2.5million under a long-term incentive plan. 

There has been largesse that has not worked out during the past four years under major shareholder Farhad Moshiri, and Ancelotti walked into a club last December that was in desperate need of a shake-up.

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The challenge this year is to show they can be taken seriously again and Ancelotti believes that adding Rodriguez from Madrid, Allan from Napoli and Doucoure from Watford will be crucial to making significant steps forward. He is not looking to make excuses.

It said: ‘Given the current state of upheaval in the industry and the uncertain outlook, it is difficult to justify a payment equal to around 92 per cent of maximum opportunity to the chief executive, regardless of performance.’ 

“We are doing everything to be creative but it’s not easy to be creative without the proper funds for the players we are talking about,” Bilic told a news conference ahead of Sunday’s season opener at home to Leicester City.

‘I have to be honest – the squad is good and we reached the targets we had,’ said Ancelotti, who will look to complete his business with a couple of loan deals. ‘It puts us under more pressure and that is also fair.

There was polite applause from the Staggies supporters in the east stand as the home team emerged from click through the up coming page opposite side of the pitch and by and large they stuck to the strict code of conduct drawn up for the day.

He added: ‘At other clubs, they would be building a statue outside the ground to celebrate him but he has been treated with disrespect by Real Madrid for a long time now and clearly he needs to find a way to get out of there because he has not played enough football in recent months.’

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