Chelsea have sacked their Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti after he ended his second season at the club without a trophy. The Italian was dismissed following Chelsea’s 1-0 loss at Everton as the west Londoners finished second in the Premier League — a whopping 9 points behind eventual champions Manchester United (who won 4-2 at Old Trafford on the ultimate day of the season to send Blackpool packing back to the Championship).
The 51-year-old had one more year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge but Russian owner Roman Abrahamovic decided its time for him to go.
A club statement read: “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.”
Chelsea missed out in the Premier League as Manchester United clinched their 19th top-flight title last week, further compounded by exits in the Champions League (again at the hands of Manchester United), FA Cup and League Cup during the season.
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Meanwhile, Manchester United celebrated their 19th title in style as they officially became the most successful club in the history of English football, overtaking Liverpool’s tally of 18 league titles. They beat Blackpool 4-2 as Ian Holloway’s men bowed out of the premier league. The game was United goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar’s last appearance for the Red Devils who gave his farewell speech after the game as the Dutchmen decided to hang his boots for the good.
The Red Devils all over the world are ecstatic with their 19th triumph and are mocking Steve Gerrard as even Michael Owen has won the premier league now. Here is what the former Liverpool player told the Manchester United official website:
“As they say, if you can’t beat them, join them” – Michael Owen (yup! he actually said that)
- Manchester United 4-2 Blackpool
- Everton 1-0 Chelsea
- Aston Villa 1-0 Liverpool
- Fulham 2-2 Arsenal
“The home form has been fantastic. Another four goals today, seven against Blackburn, five against Birmingham and we’ve beaten Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham all here. They’re top teams so it’s pretty good.”
– Sir Alex Ferguson