Intriguing take on Stamford Bridge affairs by Spurs boss.
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Chelsea’s ‘very strange’ approach to the Steven Pienaar transfer saga may suggest the club are getting ready to sack manager Carlo Ancelotti, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has hinted.
The Italian’s position has come under severe scrutiny in recent weeks following the team’s awful run of form, which saw them drop out of the top four after leading the league earlier in the season.
And Redknapp suggested the Blues’ strange stance in relation to the Pienaar transfer could point to the club’s hierarchy planning team selections over Ancelotti’s head in preparation for his exit.
‘It’s all very strange to me how they have suddenly offered £3million for him,’ Redknapp said.
‘The manager of Chelsea, who’s a lovely guy and honest as the day is long, comes on television and denies they made an offer for Pienaar – so I don’t know who has made the offer.
‘I’ve got my own ideas about the whole situation but I couldn’t say.
‘I think I do know what’s happening but if I said I would be in big trouble.’ (Metro)
Is Harry Redknapp really suggesting what the Metro believe or is this just a case of a newspaper reading between the lines and coming up with their own story?
Either way, it is a strange story for him to wade into – despite the club’s involvement in the attempted transfer of Everton player Steven Pienaar.
Support for Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti seems strong both within the club and outside it – especially in comparison with the last sacked manager at Stamford Bridge, Luis Felipe Scolari – and if he is to be sacked, there is clearly far more to this story than first appears.
Ray Wilkins’ dismissal was unusual in that no true explanation was given publicly, but that may not be the only factor behind Chelsea’s recent poor form.
A win over Blackburn Rovers hardly papers over the cracks at Stamford Bridge, but one gets the feeling Carlo Ancelotti was doing rather well to put a brave face and positive spin on affairs.
Will we ever truly know what happened to Chelsea between November 2010 and January 2011?
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