One Tweet has taken aim at the mood of the Everton fanbase between the reigns of Carlo Ancelotti and Rafa Benitez.

Ancelotti’s name may remain something of a distant memory given the fast start made to the season by his successor, who has won three of his opening four games and remains unbeaten in all competitions well into September.

Albeit likely for a briefer moment, Everton are in the top four spots in the league and look to be firm early contenders to secure some form of European football next season.

Ancelotti also got off to a flying start last season but their momentum eventually ran out, leaving Everton barely scraping a mid-table finish and well away from the European spots.

To compound matters, the club was dealt short-term upheaval when the club accepted an offer from Real Madrid to see the Toffees’ former Italian tactician return to the Santiago Bernabeu.

A frantic managerial search saw the Blues linked from a host of names including current Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo, Rangers boss and former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard and current Nice boss Christophe Galtier before settling on ex-Reds boss Benitez.

That has prompted one Everton fan and commentator, Owen Parkes, to take to Twitter to defend the retrospective attitude towards Ancelotti by highlighting data from The Athletic that suggested the Blues were the happiest fans in the league with Ancelotti before his departure.

“So cool to bash Carlo Ancelotti these days. If only all these people had spoke up when this was asked. Happiest fan base in the league about 2 weeks before he left”.

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The subject of Ancelotti and his strange departure makes for an interesting conundrum, and one that clearly remains evocative for sections of the Everton fanbase.

Now is the time to look optimistically at the future: Everto have started brightly despite spending less than £2 million on transfers, and long may the momentum continue.