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Carlo Ancelotti: Time To Quit Chelsea and Return Home to Roma

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 12:  Chelsea Manager Carlo Ancelotti looks on during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on April 12, 2011 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Giancarlo RinaldiCorrespondent IApril 14, 2011

There comes a time, in the life of every man living abroad, when he gets a hankering to return home.

In the case of most Italians, it comes along two or three times an hour—and it must be getting all the more often for Carlo Ancelotti.

He probably doesn't have to suffer the overcooked pasta, or the watery, overpriced espresso that his fellow countrymen often endure in the UK. Nonetheless, there is a feeling that his time in England is coming to an end.

These things almost always start off well and end up badly.

Last season, of course, he was busy singing Volare from the top of a bus as the Blues celebrated a superb double. Life was sweet. His team proved to be a crushing force on the domestic scene and looked destined to dominate for some time.

However, that has not proven to be the case.

Just as the success was not all Carletto's doing, neither is the relative failure.

His team is another year older and did not invest heavily in the summer, only to then panic in the January transfer window. The money spent on Fernando Torres is already looking like one of the worst deals of all time.

The Italian remains a fine manager but he seems to be struggling to find the right way to get the best out of the resources at his disposal.

Every manager claims they are under no pressure to play their most expensive signing, but that must often be untrue. Currently, the big-name Spaniard's best position really should be sitting in the stands.

All the same, it's almost certain that Roman Abramovich has begun drumming his fingers on the desk.

It seems hard to believe that patience is a quality which any Russian oligarch is blessed with in abundance. Most of them know that their position is perilous and want results immediately—in this case, it's meant a swift succession of men in charge at Stamford Bridge.

While Chelsea talk of stability, they do not actually put it into practice. How many people believe Ancelotti will be in charge at the end of next season? The form-book suggests he'll be lucky to even make it to a match next year at all.

That's why it would be best for the former Milan boss to return home to Serie A. There is a lovely little job waiting for him at Roma, a club where he remains revered.

He helped bring them a second league title back in the 1980s and can still dine out for free in restaurants run by fans of the Giallorossi.

Why should he wait to be shoved out the door like Gianfranco Zola or Roberto Di Matteo when he could go on his own terms?

It might make financial sense to hang about and be sacked, but why not follow his heart back to the banks of the Tiber? Italian football would be a better place for it.

All of which would leave Roberto Mancini as the only Italian in charge of an EPL side, and his days at Manchester City look numbered, too.

Another big-spending side which wants results immediately, they seem unlikely to keep faith with him for many matches more. After an initial love affair, the novelty quickly starts to fade.

Let's call it quits now and get our boys back home where they belong.

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