It has been on the cards for a while, but Chelsea wasted no time in axing Carlo Ancelotti soon after their final Premier League game of the season, which the Blues lost 1-0 to ten man Everton at Goodison Park.
The club’s official statement read:
“Chelsea Football Club can confirm that Carlo Ancelotti parted company with the club today (Sunday, 22 May).
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.
There will be no further comment until that appointment is made.”
There has been much debate between fans leading up to this moment, but regardless of which side of the fence you fall, I think it’s best to remember Carlo’s legacy as being last season’s double win and wish the Italian all the best for the future.
Whether or not it is the correct decision remains to be seen, but Chelsea will now seek a replacement (they have likely got someone in mind already), who would you like to be the next man in charge at Stamford Bridge?