Chelsea is about to welcome its seventh manager in eight seasons following the firing of Italian Carlo Ancelotti one year after he led the Blues to the league and cup double.
Ancelotti got the news from Ron Gourlay, the Chelsea chief executive, on the stairwell leading from the field at Everton's Goodison Park on Sunday. Writes Paul Hayward, "Ancelotti was fired like a junior accountant who had been caught fiddling the Christmas party fund and made to travel back to London like a pariah."
Ancelotti's days at Stamford Bridge had been numbered. Owner Roman Abramovich had first fired Ray Wilkins, Ancelotti's No. 2, and then forced Fernando Torres, the $80 million signing from Liverpool, on Ancelotti, meaning the Italian had choose between Torres and star Didier Drogba.