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Axe Falls On Ancelotti

Abramovich shows yet another manager the door

Posted May 24, 2011 by Chris White

Carlo Ancelotti lasted just 2 years at Stamford Bridge

Well Roman Abramovich has done it again. No sooner had the final whistle blown at Goodison Park on the final day of the season, than Carlo Ancelotti found himself sacked as Chelsea manager.

The Italian boss was allowed to give his post-match interviews to the gathered media, before Chief Executive Ron Gourlay gave him his marching orders. Ancelotti guided Chelsea to the league and cup double last season, and second in this year’s Premier League and the semi-final of the Champions League.

Second in arguably the best league in the world, and beaten semi-finalists in the biggest club competition in the world apparently isn’t a good season in the Russian billionaire’s eyes, but the sacking probably isn’t much of a surprise. The timing, on the other hand, is.

Ancelotti is now the fourth manager to have been sacked by Abramovich since he took over at Stamford Bridge in 2003, following Claudio Ranieri, Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant and Luiz Felipe Scolari in being handed their P45 by the Russian.

But why has he been sacked? Not winning trophies will be the official line from the club, without doubt, but I think there’s something a lot deeper than that, but the club will never admit it.

The truth – you can blame Fernando Torres. Bought by Abramovich – NOT Ancelotti – for £50million, and doing absolutely nothing. One goal between signing in January and the end of the season, for that money, is pathetic. Ancelotti thought so, and benched him. That won’t have gone down well with the owner who will have expected his plaything to be on the field for every minute of every game. Heaven forbid Didier Drogba – who was scoring goals and just finding some form before Torres’ arrival – was picked ahead of him. What was Ancelotti doing?? Trying to win something?? Stupid man. I mean come on, if a player isn’t doing well, he sits on the bench, no matter who he is or how much he costs.

As for sacking Ray Wilkins, don’t get me started, and I’m not even a Chelsea fan.

Chelsea are going to find themselves with mediocre managers that can’t handle the big name players and the demands of Premier League and Champions League football soon because none of the managers will work with Abramovich.

If anyone should have gone from Chelsea, it should have been some of the over-paid and over-rated players in their squad. Where do I begin? John Obi Mikel, Jose Bosingwa, Paolo Ferreira, Salomon Kalou, even Michael Essien – who hasn’t been the same player since his injury.

Abramovich is going to cost the club trophy after trophy if his relentless obsession with the Champions League doesn’t cease. If any managers know how to win that competition, Mourinho and Ancelotti certainly do.

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