Carlo Ancelotti has been axed as Chelsea manager following the club's failure to win a trophy this season. As expected Roman Abramovich has shown his trademark ruthlessness and impatience by deciding to part ways with the Italian manager after two years in charge. Chelsea will now begin their search for the seventh manager of the Abramovich era.
Ancelotti joined Chelsea in June 2009, winning the FA Cup and Premier League double in his first season in charge. However, the 2010/11 season has been an all together different story for the club and manager, which ultimately ended in disappointment for both parties. Chelsea enjoyed a fantastic start to the season, winning their first five matches, including two 6-0 victories, as they looked to be well on their way to another Premier League crown. The club's bizarre decision to part ways with Ray Wilkins in November, instigated a torrid couple of months at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea fell way behind the leaders Manchester United. Then, in January, they shocked the football world when they signed Fernando Torres for a whopping ?50million, in a move they hoped would propel them back into the title race. Although they succeeded in this aim, it was by no means due to the striker, who took a mammoth 14 games to score his first goal for the club. Chelsea's 2-1 defeat to Man Utd at the start of May ended their spirited title charge, and their 1-0 defeat away to Everton on the last day of the season meant they finished nine points behind the league winners, in what proved to be Ancelotti's last game in charge.
Many will be outraged that a club can have the audacity to dispense of a manager who won the double in his first season in English football, followed by a second place finish in the league and reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League in his second year in charge. An abundance of names will now be thrown into the mix as Abramovich and co look for man who can lead the club to Champions League glory. Victor Chandler have installed the Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas as the early favourite to become the next Chelsea manager at 9/4. Former Chelsea managers Guus Hiddink and Jose Mourinho are also in the running at 3/1, whilst Martin O'Neill is available at 20/1. As for Ancelotti, he has been already been linked with a move to become the next West Ham manager, who last weekend were relegated to the Championship.