Carlo Ancelotti Chelsea Future In Doubt
There is growing speculation that the future of Chelsea Football Club’s manager Carlo Ancelotti is in doubt. Despite Chelsea being at the top of the Premier League, they have lost three of their last four league matches, and a 0-3 home defeat by Sunderland was their biggest home league defeat in eight years.
Newspapers have reported that Ancelotti is unhappy with the treatment of Ray Wilkins, the former assistant manager, who left Chelsea suddenly last week after his contract wasn’t renewed and he left the club with immediate effect. Speculation surrounds the reasons for his departure, although no official reason has been given. Wilkins who is believed to be considering legal action against the club regarding his dismissal, has now been replaced by first team scout Michael Emenalo,
Despite winning the Premier League and FA Cup last season, the clubs first ‘double’ in their 105 year history and scoring a record 103 goals in a Premiership season, Ancelotti has yet to be offered an extension to his contract which expires in 2012. Chelsea are currently top of the Premier League, albeit by goal difference, and they have also qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League.
Ancelotti has not expanded on the reasons for the Wilkins departure, but has said ‘The club decided to change and I have to stay focused on my job’ and following the 1-0 defeat at Birmingham, Ancelotti suggested he did not have total control of the team comparing his position to that of Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson, he said ‘You have to compare me with Ferguson. Ferguson has total control of the team. I am just technical direction. Full stop.’
Speculation also surrounds the managers control of club ทางเข้าเว็บตรงufabet signings, as Chelsea prepare themselves for UEFA’s new Financial Fair Play regulations, which effectively means that a club must break even financially otherwise they will not be allowed to compete in the lucrative Champions League.
Chelsea have made huge financial of losses over the last few years, and they are now attempting to cut their massive wage bill and transfer spending. Before the start of the 2010/11 season, Chelsea released several experienced players including Michael Ballack, Joe Cole, Deco, Ricardo Carvalho and Juliano Belletti, a reported saving of £19 million per year.
The lack of depth and experience in the first team squad could now take its toll on the team. With sever