Stamford Bridge says farewell to assistant manager.
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Chelsea have announced they are not renewing the contract of assistant manager Ray Wilkins and that he is to leave the club with immediate effect.
Wilkins, 54, rejoined Chelsea’s coaching staff for a second time in 2008 to work under Luiz Felipe Scolari.
He stayed when Guus Hiddink came in and remained when Carlo Ancelotti was named manger ahead of the 2009-2010 season.
Chelsea’s chief executive Ron Gourlay said: “I would like to thank Ray for everything he has done for Chelsea.”
He added: “We all wish him well for the future.”
Wilkins – who enjoyed a distinguished playing career with spells at Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan and QPR amongst others – was on the bench for the club’s 1-0 win over Fulham on Wednesday.
No reason has been given for the decision not to renew the contract of Wilkins, who managed QPR and Fulham in the mid-1990s.
Chelsea are the reigning Premier League champions, and top this season’s table with just under a third of the fixtures gone.
Wilkins is a fluent Italian speaker, and has been credited with maintaining strong links between the players and the coaching staff at Stamford Bridge. (BBC Sport)
This news is something of a surprise and a tad perplexing. Clearly this was is a decision that has come out of the blue somewhat as no one appeared to suspect that this would take place. Ray Wilkins is a Chelsea hero and for the assistant manager to not have his contract extended would imply something has gone between Wilkins and Ancelotti.
Perhaps this will lead the former former Chelsea, Man United and AC Milan midfielder to a stint as manager elsewhere, something the Wilkins has not tried since leaving his post as Fulham boss back in 1998.