Carlo Ancelotti Leaves Chelsea

Will J BakerCorrespondent IIIMay 22, 2011

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Chelsea Manager Carlo Ancelotti issues instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on May 22, 2011 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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In a short statement issued by Chelsea Football Club after today's 1-0 defeat to Everton, the club parted ways with the man that led them to the Double last season, Carlo Ancelotti.

It has been expected for some time now that the Italian would depart, with Roman Abramovich impatient at the fact that Chelsea have not won a trophy this season.

It is likely that they also clashed over transfer policy, the decision to sack Ray Wilkins and the inclusion of Fernando Torres.

A poor run of results over the winter period ultimately sealed Chelsea's fate in terms of the League title, although they managed to make a comeback that nearly went down to the wire.

This is the statement issued by the club:

"This season's performances have fallen short of expectations, and the club feels the time is right to make this change ahead of next season's preparations."

Whether or not it was the right decision remains to be seen, but it has not come as a shock to Chelsea fans that have experience of Abramovich's short fuse.

Frank Rijkaard, Guus Hiddink and Andre Villas Boas are just some of the names touted as the Italian's replacement.