After months of rumours, which dominated a majority of our British press, it was announced yesterday that Carlo Ancelotti will become the new manager at Stamford Bridge.
With fan favourite Guus Hiddink confirming he will not extend his contract with the Blues, although many involved at the club had hoped he would change his mind after Sunday‘s success, the current Russian manager makes way for Chelsea’s fifth manager in less than three years.
Having managed Italian giants AC Milan since 2001 and raised such superstars as Andrea Pirlo, Gennaro Gattuso and no stranger to Chelsea fans Andriy Shevchenko, not to mention lifting the one trophy the Blues can’t seem to win not once but twice, is it safe to assume that the Italian godfather has been wooed in to bring Champions League glory to West London.
Due to commence role as Chelsea manager from 1st July, it is rumoured that his preparation for the post is at such an advanced stage that he has already discussed potential transfer targets.
Chelsea in the past two years have fallen short of the Champions League crown in cruel and unfortunate circumstances…some would say, but Roman Abramovich will expect ’Celotti’ to make it third time lucky and will again make funds possible to do so.
Although Ancelotti has proven himself in Serie A, he must adjust his tactics to suit the different style of football being played in the fast pace of the Premier League.
Although the Blues were crowned this year’s FA Cup winners, it was a small consolation on what was hyped up to be ‘their’ season back in September.
With the arrival of ‘Big Phil’ Scolari many expected great things, but in return saw the opposite. Scolari departing the club after just seven months in charge and the Blues were unable to rescue their season in time to be a candidate for the League title, which in the end saw rivals Liverpool leapfrog them to claim runners up.
It will an interesting summer to see if English football does finally get that £100 million bid for Kaka accepted or if French international Frank Ribery will set sail for England if an offer comes a long he, along with Bayern Munich, cannot refuse.