Ancelotti Unsure Over Chelsea Futureby Steve Claridge / 10 May 2011, 09:59Tweet
Carlo Ancelotti has now been sacked as Chelsea manager - Click here for the next Chelsea manager odds
The Chelsea manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has admitted he has no idea what will happen at the end of the season. The Italian faces a nervous couple of weeks as he waits for the Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, to make a decision on his future. At the moment things don't look good for the 51-year-old, who still has 12 months of his contract to run, as Chelsea will effectively finish the season trophyless. Abramovich has a history of losing patience with managers, as he did with Joes Mourinho and Luiz Felipe Scolari, and he is reportedly unimpressed with how the season has progressed considering he gave Ancelotti £71m to spend in January on Fernando Torres and David Luiz.
Ancelotti won the Manager of the Month' award for April after his Chelsea side mounted an impressive late surge for the Premier League title. However, any hopes of a second consecutive league title were virtually extinguished on Sunday when they lost 2-1 to the league leaders Manchester United, leaving them six points behind with two games to play. All Sir Alex Ferguson's men need is one point from their remaining two games. The Italian impressed in his debut season at Stamford Bridge, winning the Premier League and FA Cup double. Chelsea continued their form into the present season, winning eight of their first ten league games, including two 6-0 wins. The Blues suffered a mid-season slump, which ultimately ruptured their chances of league glory, despite recovering and reducing the gap between themselves and United from 15 points to just three.
Many have pointed to Ambramovich's unexpected decision to dismiss assistant manager Ray Wilkins last November as a pivotal moment, as since his departure Chelsea's form plummeted. Wilkins himself has come out and publically backed Ancelotti to stay on as manager, but he believes fresh players are needed in order for the Blues to step up their game next season.
At 5/2 the former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho remains the bookies favourite to become the next Chelsea manager, although it is believed Chelsea are more interested in Guus Hiddick, Marco van Basten and André Villas Boas. The popular Guus Hiddink enjoyed a successful spell with the club in 2009 as caretaker manager, when he guided them to FA Cup glory. However, the veteren manager is currently contracted to Turkey until the end of the 2012 European Championships and is reportedly unwilling to break that agreement. Another option is Marco van Basten, who Victor Chandler have priced at 11/1 to take over from Ancelotti. The former Holland and Ajax manager likes his teams to play attractive, free-flowing football, which is something that Abramovich is keen to employ at Chelsea.
The Porto boss Andre Villas Boas has caught the eye after an outstanding season at Porto, where he has won the domestic title with a record points tally, and he also has a Europa League final to look forward to. Villa Boas has experience of working with Chelsea, having worked under José Mourinho, and Victor Chandler have the 33-year-old available at 5/1. Other candidates include the former Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard at 10/1 and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, who has seen his odds cut to just 5/1.