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Chelsea sack Ancelotti

2011-05-22 21:57

London - Chelsea fired manager Carlo Ancelotti on Sunday, after a 1-0 loss at Everton completed a season which had "fallen short of expectations", the club said in a statement.

"Chelsea Football Club can confirm that Carlo Ancelotti parted company with the club today," a statement on Chelsea's website read.

"The owner and board would like to thank Carlo for his contribution and achievements since taking over as manager in July 2009, which included winning the Double for the first time in the club's history.

"However, this season's performances have fallen short of expectations and the club feels the time is right to make this change ahead of next season's preparations.

"Carlo will always be welcome at Stamford Bridge, where he will be given the reception and respect his position in our history deserves.

"Chelsea's long-term football objectives and ambitions remain unchanged and we will now be concentrating all our efforts on identifying a new manager."

Former AC Milan manager Ancelotti had been a popular figure at Stamford Bridge and guided the club to the double in his first season.

However he paid the ultimate price for a mid-season slump which witnessed Chelsea's worst run of league form in nearly 15 years that ultimately wrecked their chances of defending the title.

Ancelotti was the sixth manager of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's eight-year reign.

The respected Italian had been hired with the brief of turning Chelsea into European champions but under Ancelotti the Blues exited against Inter Milan in the last 16 last year before being beaten by Manchester United in this year's quarter-finals.

Ancelotti's authority had been undermined by the abrupt dismissal of his assistant Ray Wilkins in November, a dismissal which was followed by a disastrous form slump.

Intense speculation had surrounded Ancelotti's future for several weeks, but he was philosophical when asked about the possibility of being fired last week.

"The club have to judge my job - be objective," he said. "If they decide to change, it's not a problem.

"You won't see me crying or doing something. I will accept the decision of the club and find another 'solution'."

"When I started my experience here in England, if someone had told me that we would win the FA Cup and the Premier League in two years, I'd have been happy.

"In these two years, I have to be happy because the team, last year, was fantastic.

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Comments
  • Jayjayc - 2011-05-22 22:17

    Ok so the guy wins the double for chelsea for the first time and gets fired the next season for finishing second. Seems Chelsea is going to pull a Real Madrid. No trophy no job

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-05-22 23:43

      Yeah, i use to be a huge Chelsea fan, not as the main team i support but i always liked and respected them. Now it just seems like a real Real.. a moneymaking franchise where greats go to die, or be sacked. Even when they win, it doesn't seem like passion, it seems like an expected relief. Roman brought the money but he also brought everything that comes with that...

      Jayjayc - 2011-05-23 00:23

      One if the worst thing about chelsea is that roman controlls the transfer market. If i recall is that mourinho didnt want schevchenko but roman did and now fernando torres. The team was doing better without him.

      Edwin Kadi - 2011-05-24 15:53

      I agree with Jayjay, no contunuity from the Russian. He wants quick results every year, which is sometimes impossible.

  • AJ - 2011-05-23 00:38

    The amount Chelsea must spend paying up managers contracts early, they could have bought some really top players.I hope he milks them for every penny.

  • Kuhle - 2011-05-23 04:05

    Wot idiots!

  • A(N)ON - 2011-05-23 09:17

    Perhaps the single biggest contributing factor to Chelsea's trophyless season was the sacking of Ray Wilkins. Ancellotti did not make the call Roman did.Chelsea's form slumped post Ray Wilkins and Ancelloti did well to revive team spirit and to make a challenging bid for the EPL title. Sacking him was the wrong thing to do - now who does Roman bring to Stamford Bridge - perhaps Rafa...

      mikedek - 2011-05-23 13:42

      Also the purchase of Torros who did not fit into their style of play enforced on the coach. He will now need to resort to second division coaches as who would want this job. Must say that it is good for the opposition. Manchester City nearly knocked them of the second position perch.

  • Albo - 2011-05-23 09:35

    Now Roman will hire a new manager and expect a win in his first year. It`s impossible to think like that. The whole team has to gel to move forward. This is turning into a circus.

  • Felix - 2011-05-23 09:37

    i think this is the best the decision to take because anceloti doesn't have the caliber of coaching that Chelsea is looking,even we won last the double last year we didn't play entertaining football,let take our time and employ someone who can achieve this and all the next season we are going to reclaim our trophy and all the glory because money doesn't matter to us 7,5 millions is nothing.always the blues

      Bob - 2011-05-23 12:09

      Felix, you are everything that typifies Chelsea Football Club, no passion, no knowlege, no history, nothing, just a stinking rich owner, you think you can just buy trophies, your last statement "money doesn't matter to us" well, it will the day the Russian tires of his little club and he leaves them full of debt, and a club full of talented players all wanting to leave because Chelsea can't afford to pay them, I will laugh when that day arrives and I don't believe it's far away, stick to Pirates or Chiefs, teams and a league you may understand a little better.

      mikedek - 2011-05-23 13:45

      Bob you are so correct but to add to it.Where are they going to get a Top coach who would want the job. Not many around. Some guy in Portugal or their friend in Turkey. Neither have proved themselves. Carlo is in fact better of. Go back to Serie A and enjoy what he does best.

      thundyr - 2011-05-23 14:02

      "Some guy in Portugal"? You mean the same some guy who wins 85%+ of his games and has his team scoring an average of nearly 3 goals a game? He's some guy, alright. He doesn't deserve Chelsea though. They should hire Avram Grant again - at least he got them to the Champions' League final. That's the competition that the owner wants to win - not the EPL or the FA Cup, which he sees as essentially meaningless if he can sack Ancelotti after winning the double and then finishing second the following season despite the owner's attempts to scupper the season after sacking Wilkins and signing Torres.

  • Matt - 2011-05-23 10:24

    Last year he won the title, this year a respectable second place. The next person to take the Chelsea job will be a fool; look at how Abramovich treats his coaches. The next guy can expect more of the same! Why not keep a manager for a few years and let him build a team - didn't do Man United any harm!

      thundyr - 2011-05-23 14:04

      Fergie was a dead man walking until he signed Cantona. Somehow I can't see any manager at Chelsea having the same ability to sign players though - most of them end up leaving because the owner signs whoever he wants instead.

  • Matt - 2011-05-23 10:24

    The rumour in England right now is that Mourinho will come back FYI

      mikedek - 2011-05-23 13:46

      He may be stupid but not that stupid.Better off at Real Madrid.

      geewiz - 2011-05-23 15:01

      Just a rumour... Mourinho has stated PUBLICLY that if & when he returns to an English club, it won't be Chelski... I mean Chelsea. He did throw around a couple of names, of which Man Utd is one(I'll go on strike if he goes to Old Trafford - imagine the red devils slithering in "pain" - HELL NO!) but when outrightly asked, he said:"Not likely."

  • Eric - 2011-05-23 10:30

    You cannot be judged by a mere two years in the role, not even two years bcoz in his first season he won double, remember? Sir Alex, when he took over at my team Man U, he didn't just start winning, but built the team and the results eventually followed, and remember he makes all the decisions regarding his playing team/squad. How do one expect players to give their all if the coach will be fired by virtue of players' below average performance. In contrast, if a player at a club like Man U doesn't perform at to standards, he will be the first to leave before you even think of the coach leaving. Now, compare that with the status at Chelsea, and you will understand why Chelsea will struggle to find consistency and stability and as a result winning things, including their 'much-wanted' Champions League trophy - remember, beaten by the stable team in Man U this season.

  • Mzansisoka - 2011-05-23 13:58

    Ouch!

  • okorie.chikezie - 2011-05-23 14:36

    Well Anceloti, you have tried. Is not your fault, because some season are like that. Even though i'm not a chelsea fan, i'll always say the truth. Anceloti you have tried, don't worry God almighty will show you a better club that will sign a contract with you. I'm a man utd fan.

  • geewiz - 2011-05-23 15:25

    I trully in my heart believed that the EPL was opening up, from ManUtd/Arsenal to 7 sides with a real chance of winning the league: the aformentioned two, plus Liverpool (good to have you back guys!), Man city, Chelsea, Spurs and Everton. But, with roman firing Ancelotti, that one flies out of the window, with the new coach having to restabilize the squad! Anyway: I wonder what roman's problem really is: Sir Alex won the UEFA Champions league in 1999 - 13 YEARS after been appointed Man Utd manager! Because of roman, Chelsea will always be known as the capital of the July Flower festival, as well as " the club that makes cameo appearences in some British movies". In short: a joke. I feel for the supporters though.

  • Wackyme - 2011-05-31 09:09

    If people have good moral values then Stanford Bridge would be empty. Where is the power of the people?

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