Carlo Ancelotti would be willing to replace Jose Mourinho as Chelsea manager, but he is not expecting to get a call from the Stamford Bridge club any time soon.
Italian tactician Ancelotti has backed under-pressure Blues boss Mourinho to come through the worst spell of his career and revive Chelsea, yet it is clear that he is not ready to close the door on a a second spell in charge of the club that sacked him back in 2011.
Ancelotti is the bookies favourite to take over at Chelsea if the club's owner Roman Abramovich brings down the curtain on Mourinho's second spell as the club's manager.
A disastrous start to the season has piled the pressure on Mourinho, but Chelsea insiders insist he will be in charge for their next Premier League game against Norwich on November 21st.
Three-time Champions League winning coach Ancelotti was fired in unceremonious fashion by Chelsea a year after he led the club to a Premier League and FA Cup double, but he admitted he would have no issues with a return to the Stamford Bridge dug-out.
"I would have no problem with Chelsea, but Jose won't be sacked," Ancelotti told the Daily Mail when quizzed about a possible return to the club.
"They already choose to keep him, and I think they made a good choice.
"I look from a distance at Chelsea and I think they won the title easily last year and I don't think they are so motivated this year.
"It's true that the manager has to be able to motivate players but the manager cannot motivate a player if the player is not self-motivated. It's impossible. They have lost something and it's difficult to change like a switch. You have to work slowly to change.
"But Mourinho is one of the best managers in the world, no doubt. I look at his body language and he's OK. He is not so worried. He has confidence.
"During the Dynamo Kiev game the supporters were singing his name. He'll sort it out."
Ancelotti went on to admit he was infuriated by Real Madrid's decision to sack him last summer, as he insisted the demand to win trophies every season is not realistic at any club.
"If the manager doesn't win at Madrid he is sacked," stated Ancelotti.
"Had I not won the Decima (the club's 10th Champions League title in 2013), I would have been sacked a year earlier but I knew this when I took the job. I could have decided not to sign, but Real Madrid is the most important club in the world.
"Madrid was the hardest job. More pressure even than Milan. Was losing to Liverpool in 2005 my worst experience? Try losing 4-0 in the Madrid derby. That season we had a run of 22 wins in succession but it was all forgotten on February 7 when we lost 4-0 to Atletico.
"To be sacked is part of your job, but if you ask me about being sacked by Real Madrid I tell you that it was not right.
"I was really, really unhappy because I had a fantastic relationship with the players. I really enjoyed training this team. They were really serious, really professional. More than Chelsea I was disappointed."
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