Stamford Bridge boss believes he is lucky to still have a job?!
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Carlo Ancelotti admits he is lucky not to have been sacked as Chelsea manager but the Italian concedes he will have to “pay the bill at the end of the season” if the champions do not achieve success.
Chelsea have taken only 10 points from their past 10 games as Ancelotti fights to recapture the form that allowed his team to win the Premier League and FA Cup Double last season. After dropping only four points from their first 10 matches of the season to lead the title race, the slump in form has caused them to drop to fifth place, six points behind the leaders, Manchester United.
Speaking before tomorrow night’s trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers Ancelotti was asked if he would have been sacked in Italy with a return of 10 points from 10 outings. “Depends. I am [a] lucky man. I understand that lot of coaches are sacked with these results,” he said, before saying that he was unsure if failure to qualify for the Champions League would result in him losing his post.
“It is difficult to say now. We have to think now we can win the title again, but the most important thing is to stay in the places to be in the Champions League. I am not worried. We have the skill and the ability to stay in the top four without a problem. When you go to a restaurant, you have to pay the bill when you finish your meal. It’s the same here. We have to pay the bill at the end of the season. At the end the club can judge my job and everything.” (Guardian)
Is Carlo Ancelotti’s job really in danger? If so then surely we are living in a world gone mad. Clearly Chelsea have hit a bad patch of form but given that the Italian delivered a domestic double in his first season in charge and lost to the eventual winners of the Champions League it would seem harsh in the extreme if the owner of the marvellously raised eyebrow was axed.
Whilst we can all see that football is as cut throat as ever, with managerial sackings occurring on a daily basis, the fact that people could even be talking about the Stamford Bridge boss being in trouble just shows how insane things have gotten.
I fully expect the Blues to fight back from his long blip and they will surely be challenging for major honours come May.
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