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Chelsea believe they have been duped into thinking Carlo Ancelotti was prepared to become their new manager.


A day of intrigue and carefully-worded denials ended on Tuesday night with Chelsea being humiliatingly rebuffed by the AC Milan manager. It is understood that Ancelotti was - and may still be - the favoured candidate of Roman Abramovich and the Russian met with representatives of the 48-year-old in a Paris hotel on Monday.

Whether or not a formal offer was made is a matter of semantics; at the very least it was made abundantly clear that, if he moved to Stamford Bridge, Ancelotti could expect to be paid £6m a year - twice the sum he earns at Milan. Reports claim that the composition of Ancelotti's coaching staff and the transfer budget available in west London was also discussed.

However, in a dramatic twist last night, Ancelotti issued a statement declaring his intention to remain at Milan. "I'm 150 per cent certain I will stay," he announced following a lengthy meeting at the club's training ground with vice-president Adriano Galliani.

According to The Times, 'Many at Chelsea are privately furious at Ancelotti, believing that he has led them on to gain an improved contract at Milan. Chelsea did not deny speaking to him, stating only that they have not reached agreement with any manager or approached any club to speak to one of their employees. The club believe that there is no obligation under Fifa rules to ask permission before speaking to the manager of a foreign club, as there is in the Barclays Premier League.'

As a man not accustomed to the inconvenience of rejection, Abramovich is not yet ready to give up on his number one target. The Independent claims that 'Chelsea are still exploring possibilities under which they could do a deal - a £6m, four-year contract is the potential offer - and have not ruled Ancelotti out completely.'

In many respects, Ancelotti would be a strange appointment. He speaks little or no English and the functional style of his Milan team is comparable to that of Chelsea under the management of Avram Grant and Jose Mourinho, with both men apparently dismissed by Abramovich due to their failure to introduce an entertaining brand of football. In his favour, however, is a track record of success and an association with Abramovich.

With chief executive Peter Kenyon keen on the appointment of a British-based manager and Sporting Director Frank Arnesen championing Frank Rijkaard, the pursuit of Ancelotti indicates the extent of Abramovich's involvement in the recruitment process. For Fleet Street's beleaguered and discredited hacks, it is the nightmare scenario. The mute and inscrutable Abramovich is a man whose intentions are never revealed in advance and the Ancelotti snub does not portray the Fourth Estate in a flattering light either - only yesterday, the majority of the country's newspapers, including the broadsheets, were assuring their readership that Luiz Felipe Scolari was the favourite to succeed Grant.
 

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Chelski's failure to land a new manager is making them the laughing stock of football. Nobody in their right mind will work with abramobitch.
 

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Chelski staff are all deluded especially with My Kenyon, and he's a fool, i pity that fool! The amount of jokes coming out after the Champions League Final = Priceless!
 

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theyll be "the biggest club in the world" soon guys. lets not laugh at kenyon. hes even got a champions league runner up medal :)
 

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reddwarf said:
Lol. I can't put it any better than that!
I Can Peter Kenyon is a ... is a ... (... denotes a bad word starting with the letter W... and ending in an.. ha I'm not doing it I've been warned too many times)


I HATE CHELSEA!!! Id love if they ended up giving it to a nobody!
 
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