At the beginning of the season, Chelsea gave Carlo Ancelotti a set of expectations which included bring home more silverware. However, it's the end of the season and the Pensioners have failed to win any trophies prompting the board to give Ancelotti the boot. This follows a final day defeat to Everton and is the second sacking in the past week with Avram Grant, coincidentally a former Chelsea manager, receiving a pink slip from West Ham.
If it were any team besides Chelsea, I would honestly be surprised. They only narrowly missed out on the title, managed some great victories over large opponents and secured a place in Europe. However, remember that premature managerial sackings has become something of a modus operandi at Stamford Bridge and tend to make knee-jerk decisions if minimum expectations aren't met. Despite the uproar following the firing, Abramovich will no doubt find a suitable replacement before preseason rolls around. This whole fiasco is a shame, but comes as no shock to the majority of fans. I reckon they should of kept Ancelotti for about another season, but I guess it's not to be.
Several replacements have already been suggested, such as Steve McClaren, Martin O'Neill and Harry Redknapp. The odds are as follows:
- Andre Villas-Boas 7/2
- Guus Hiddink 4/1
- Harry Redknapp 11/4
- José Mourinho 5/1
- Marco van Basten 10/1
If they actually sign any of these guys, the future should be bright for the Blues. Leave a comment with your thoughts on who should be appointed as the manager.