Thursday 22 March 2018

Carlo Ancelotti unwilling to become temporary manager at Chelsea

Carlo Ancelotti led Chelsea to the Premier League title in 2009-10
Carlo Ancelotti led Chelsea to the Premier League title in 2009-10

Matt Law

Roman Abramovich would face a major battle to convince Carlo Ancelotti to return to Chelsea, with the Italian expected to reject any part-time SOS call.

The Daily Telegraph reported on Monday that independent intermediaries are attempting to line up Pep Guardiola for Chelsea if owner Abramovich eventually decides he must sack manager Jose Mourinho.

But, with his Bayern Munich contract not due to expire until next summer, Guardiola is not available mid-season, leaving Abramovich with a huge question over who he would appoint as a caretaker if Mourinho cannot halt the club’s dramatic slump.

Abramovich is still hoping Mourinho can turn around Chelsea’s form after handing him a new contract in the summer, but results and disciplinary issues have put a big question mark over the position of the Portuguese.

Ancelotti and Guus Hiddink are two of the most experienced managers currently out of work and both men have managed Chelsea with success in the past.

Hiddink fulfilled the caretaker role in 2009, winning the FA Cup, and Dutch sources believe he would jump at the chance to take on another interim position if Abramovich turned to him again.

But Ancelotti would almost certainly not be interested in a temporary position and would have major reservations about accepting a permanent return to Chelsea.

With a host of European and Italian clubs likely to offer Ancelotti a job, there is no reason for the 56-year-old to return to management and Chelsea in a caretaker capacity.

The nature of his sacking from Chelsea in 2011, just a year after winning a Premier League and FA Cup double in his first season in charge at the club, still rankles with Ancelotti.

Other than Abramovich, most of the Chelsea board and hierarchy, including technical director Michael Emenalo, who were responsible for firing him are still in positions of power.

It could be that Ancelotti would be forced to consider a lucrative long-term contract offered by Chelsea, but that would require Abramovich to accept a major loss of face.

While a Chelsea return may not be high on his wish-list, Ancelotti would like to manage again in England and would relish the opportunity at a club such as Manchester United. Despite publically bemoaning their dominance in the Bundesliga, he would also be interested in replacing Guardiola at Bayern.

Manchester City have been heavily linked with Guardiola, but the Spaniard is attracted to the prospect of living in London if he could be persuaded to work for Abramovich after turning Chelsea down in 2013.

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