Carlo Ancelotti is sacked as Chelsea manager
Italian manager is sacked by the Blues after this season's performances fell "short of expectations"
Carlo Ancelotti has been sacked as manager of Chelsea, the club have confirmed.
The announcement comes just hours after the Blues suffered a 1-0 defeat at Everton on the final day of the Premier League season.
The 51-year-old Italian, who led Chelsea to a Premier League and FA Cup double during his first season at Stamford Bridge, had one year left on his contract.
A club statement read: “Chelsea Football Club can confirm that Carlo Ancelotti parted company with the club today.
“The owner and board would like to thank Carlo for his contribution and achievements since taking over as manager in July 2009, which included winning the double for the first time in the club’s history.
“However, this season’s performances have fallen short of expectations and the club feels the time is right to make this change ahead of next season’s preparations.
“Carlo will always be welcome at Stamford Bridge, where he will be given the reception and respect his position in our history deserves.
“Chelsea’s long-term football objectives and ambitions remain unchanged and we will now be concentrating all our efforts on identifying a new manager.
“There will be no further comment until that appointment is made.”
Ancelotti had earlier joked he was not sure how long his summer break would last after his side slumped to a 1-0 defeat at 10-man Everton.
“I am now on holiday – but I am not sure how long my holiday will be!” he said after the game.
“We haven’t arranged any meeting but I think in the next week, now the season is finished, the club can address my job and they will take a decision.
“I have to wait and see what happens. I don’t have to say anything to the club – they can judge me on my job for two years.”
Before Sunday’s announcement, Ancelotti’s seemingly imminent departure had fuelled speculation linking Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas with the Stamford Bridge role.
However, the 33-year-old Portuguese manager, who is the early favourite to succeed Ancelotti, insisted that he intends to stay on at Porto after guiding them to Europa League glory last week.