We thought it may come but not even the most cynical of us would have seen it happening so soon.
Barely hours after the season ended with a 1-0 defeat away to Everton, Chelsea released a statement that read;
“Chelsea Football Club can confirm that Carlo Ancelotti parted company with the club today (Sunday, 22 May).
The owner and board would like to thank Carlo for his contribution and achievements since taking over as manager in July 2009, which included winning the Double for the first time in the club’s history.
However, 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.
Carlo will always be welcome at Stamford Bridge, where he will be given the reception and respect his position in our history deserves.
Chelsea’s long-term football objectives and ambitions remain unchanged and we will now be concentrating all our efforts on identifying a new manager.
There will be no further comment until that appointment is made”
Ancelotti is the latest in a long line of managers not to see out their contracts at Chelsea, starting with Ranieri, then Mourinho, Grant, Scolari and now Carlo. Only Hiddink left of his own accord.
After winning the double for Chelsea last season, a feat many of us years ago would have given a limb for – it seems a barren follow-up season just wasn’t up to the standards Roman has come to expect.
Carlo, you were a gentleman until the end. Thank you for all you’ve done.