Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Will Carlo Ancelotti be leaving Chelsea this summer?

Chelsea have endured a poor campaign by their high standards this season. The Blues are currently third in the Premier League, eight points behind league leaders Manchester United.

They are also out of all the cup competitions, the most recent disappointment being knocked out of the Champions League by rivals Manchester United.

The club’s owner Roman Abramovich is rumoured to now be thinking about replacing boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Not Worried

The Italian however doesn’t seem to be worried about leaving the Blues. He told Sky Sports: “I don’t know what my future is,”

“At the end of the season, I think the club can decide if they want me to continue or if they want to change. If they are not happy, they can change without problem. If, at the end of the season, the owner decides my job was not good enough, this is not a problem.

“I will try to do my best, because I want to stay here. If there is a possibility to do that, I will be happy.”

Ancelotti is a top boss but his team have struggled this season for a variety of reasons. The Italian won’t be worried because if he does get fired by the Blues he will have a host of clubs chasing his signature for next season and he will also receive a massive compensation package.

Interference

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has decided to take more of a hands-on role at the club this season. This is believed to have destabilised Ancelotti’s authority at the club. The Russian owner biggest decision was to get rid of long-serving assistant boss Ray Wilkins.

Since Wilkins left the Blues they have struggled for results. Wilkins had a big influence on the Chelsea squad. His experience and the respect that the players had for him meant that he could help motivate the team alongside Ancelotti. He was always there to backup the Italian.

Ancelotti worked under Italian president Silvio Berlusconi at AC Milan but it seems even the egocentric Italian wasn’t as hard to work for as Chelsea’s Russian owner.

Ancelotti has looked lost at times since Ray Wilkins left and maybe the end of the season is a good time for him to move elsewhere. He doesn’t currently seem to be enjoying the job and looks like the pressure is getting to him.

Aging

Carlo Ancelotti hasn’t been helped by his creaking players. A number of his key players are in their early-thirties. The likes of Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and Nicolas Anelka have all struggled with form and fitness in recent months and the club have struggled because of it.

Struggling

It’s not just the older players who have struggled to find form striker Fernando Torres has endured a nightmare start to his Chelsea career after his British record £50million move from Liverpool.

The 27 year-old has failed to find the net in eleven appearances in a Blue shirt. His start has been so bad that there have even been absurd rumours that Roman Abramovich will be looking to sell the striker in the summer. That would be a ridiculous move, even for Abramovich.

Replacement

Chelsea will find it hard to replace a manager of Ancelotti’s quality. The Blues have already been warned off alleged first choice target Turkish coach Guus Hiddink by the countries FA but the Dutchman could force a return to his former-club if he wished to.

With the lack of trophies heading to Stamford Bridge this season I don’t think Russian owner Abramovich would be criticised for sacking Ancelotti and hiring a new coach. Maybe a change would do everybody good.

Will Carlo Ancelotti be leaving Chelsea in the summer?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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mukasa wilson
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hope carlo Anceloti has done good and is agood coarch the problem with chelsea is to sack the assistant coarch who is poor in skills and team selection

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Roman has to give Carlo a chance to bring stability and an identity to this club.

I’m all for clearing-house at the end of the season, b/c of the situation of most players, but not enthused at all the talk of Carlo leaving. We need to give Carlo his fair chance at building something and not just taking over the reigns of what Mourinho left behind.

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