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Chelsea have sacked first team coach Henk ten Cate days after he was told his job was safe by Stamford Bridge chief executive Peter Kenyon.

The Dutchman follows head coach Avram Grant out of the exit door after the club ended the season without a trophy - finishing second best to Manchester United in both the Barclays Premier League and the Champions League.

The move came as Luiz Felipe Scolari's Portugal bosses said they were aware he has been added to Chelsea's short list of candidates to take over as manager.

A statement on Chelsea's official website read: "Chelsea Football Club can confirm we have terminated Henk ten Cate's contract. This follows a meeting this morning.

"As a result of the team management changes, and in the light of any forthcoming appointment, it was clear this was the correct decision for all parties.

"Everybody at Chelsea would like to thank Henk for his contribution since coming to the club last year."

Ten Cate, who left his job as Ajax head coach to become Grant's assistant at Stamford Bridge last October, confidently predicted Grant's exit would not affect his role at Chelsea earlier this week.

The 53-year-old said: "Half an hour before Chelsea officially announced the Grant news, I was called by Peter Kenyon.

"He told me the news and he also said that the sacking of Grant would have no consequences for me. I would rather believe him than the newspapers reports."

Ten Cate said talks he was having with Stamford Bridge bosses had been planned for months, adding: "In January I had such an evaluation conversation and then we agreed that we would do it again after the season.

"For me it's simple. I have a contract until 2010 and I feel fine in my role as first assistant. It's up to the club if they find that I did a good job during the past eight months.

"There are three options - a new coach arrives and he will appoint his own technical staff, or Steve Clarke and I take over, or a new coach comes and wants me as his assistant."

But Chelsea decided to clear out the management team ahead of appointing a replacement for Israeli coach Grant.

And the Portuguese Football Federation are expecting an approach for Chelsea to speak to Scolari. admitted to news sources: "I already know that Chelsea are interested in Scolari," said Amandio De Carvalho, the vice-president of the Portuguese federation.

Also in the frame to replace Grant is former Inter Milan chief Roberto Mancini, who left the Italians on Tuesday having already signalled his plan to leave following the Champions League defeat by Liverpool in March.

Former Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard, Blackburn Rovers boss Mark Hughes and Russia coach Guus Hiddink are also understood to be targets, although Hiddink's advisers have already claimed he would not be interested - even though strong links with Abramovich already exist through the Russian national side.

And none of the others has publicly expressed a desire to take up the lucrative and prestigious role.

Now Scolari, 59, who was head-hunted by England after Sven-Goran Eriksson's dismissal in 2006 but rebuffed the Football Association's advances, leaving the way open for Steve McClaren to fill the breach, is also in the frame.

World Cup winner Scolari, known as Big Phil because of his allegedly abrasive temperament, has twice scuppered England's chances in major tournaments while in charge of his native Brazil and Portugal.

And he has led the Portuguese to another European Championship finals, which start next weekend.

He is said to earn around £2million a year but his contract expires after the Euro 2008 finals. Chelsea, with Abramovich's riches, would easily be able to be dwarf that salary but the Portuguese Federation look set to comply with his request for talks over a new deal.

Meanwhile, former Juventus and Italy boss Marcello Lippi has ruled himself out of the running as Grant's successor - because he does not speak English.

He said, through an interpreter, "I must transmit my ideas and philosophy to the team and could not do that in English."

A proposed return for Jose Mourinho, who won two Premier League titles at Chelsea, has never been officially denied but the self-styled Special One now looks certain to replace Mancini at Inter, leading to fears he may raid Stamford Bridge for favourites like Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Ricardo Carvalho.
 

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Chelsea have sacked first team coach Henk ten Cate days after he was told his job was safe by Stamford Bridge chief executive Peter Kenyon.

The Dutchman follows head coach Avram Grant out of the exit door after the club ended the season without a trophy - finishing second best to Manchester United in both the Barclays Premier League and the Champions League.

The move came as Luiz Felipe Scolari's Portugal bosses said they were aware he has been added to Chelsea's short list of candidates to take over as manager.

A statement on Chelsea's official website read: "Chelsea Football Club can confirm we have terminated Henk ten Cate's contract. This follows a meeting this morning.

"As a result of the team management changes, and in the light of any forthcoming appointment, it was clear this was the correct decision for all parties.

"Everybody at Chelsea would like to thank Henk for his contribution since coming to the club last year."

Ten Cate, who left his job as Ajax head coach to become Grant's assistant at Stamford Bridge last October, confidently predicted Grant's exit would not affect his role at Chelsea earlier this week.

The 53-year-old said: "Half an hour before Chelsea officially announced the Grant news, I was called by Peter Kenyon.

"He told me the news and he also said that the sacking of Grant would have no consequences for me. I would rather believe him than the newspapers reports."

Ten Cate said talks he was having with Stamford Bridge bosses had been planned for months, adding: "In January I had such an evaluation conversation and then we agreed that we would do it again after the season.

"For me it's simple. I have a contract until 2010 and I feel fine in my role as first assistant. It's up to the club if they find that I did a good job during the past eight months.

"There are three options - a new coach arrives and he will appoint his own technical staff, or Steve Clarke and I take over, or a new coach comes and wants me as his assistant."

But Chelsea decided to clear out the management team ahead of appointing a replacement for Israeli coach Grant.

And the Portuguese Football Federation are expecting an approach for Chelsea to speak to Scolari. admitted to news sources: "I already know that Chelsea are interested in Scolari," said Amandio De Carvalho, the vice-president of the Portuguese federation.

Also in the frame to replace Grant is former Inter Milan chief Roberto Mancini, who left the Italians on Tuesday having already signalled his plan to leave following the Champions League defeat by Liverpool in March.

Former Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard, Blackburn Rovers boss Mark Hughes and Russia coach Guus Hiddink are also understood to be targets, although Hiddink's advisers have already claimed he would not be interested - even though strong links with Abramovich already exist through the Russian national side.

And none of the others has publicly expressed a desire to take up the lucrative and prestigious role.

Now Scolari, 59, who was head-hunted by England after Sven-Goran Eriksson's dismissal in 2006 but rebuffed the Football Association's advances, leaving the way open for Steve McClaren to fill the breach, is also in the frame.

World Cup winner Scolari, known as Big Phil because of his allegedly abrasive temperament, has twice scuppered England's chances in major tournaments while in charge of his native Brazil and Portugal.

And he has led the Portuguese to another European Championship finals, which start next weekend.

He is said to earn around £2million a year but his contract expires after the Euro 2008 finals. Chelsea, with Abramovich's riches, would easily be able to be dwarf that salary but the Portuguese Federation look set to comply with his request for talks over a new deal.

Meanwhile, former Juventus and Italy boss Marcello Lippi has ruled himself out of the running as Grant's successor - because he does not speak English.

He said, through an interpreter, "I must transmit my ideas and philosophy to the team and could not do that in English."

A proposed return for Jose Mourinho, who won two Premier League titles at Chelsea, has never been officially denied but the self-styled Special One now looks certain to replace Mancini at Inter, leading to fears he may raid Stamford Bridge for favourites like Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Ricardo Carvalho.
it's all very interesting,watching whats going on at chelsea.i'm just glad we are settled with fergie..
 

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LOL. And he was just saying a few days ago, how he KNOWS his job is safe. So much for that huh?
Exactly what I thought when I saw this.

Just goes to show - never trust anything Peter Kenyon tells you.
 
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