Sir Alex Ferguson backs Chelsea target to return to management
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Carlo Ancelotti will make a return to management soon
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Carlo Ancelotti will make a swift return to football management.
The Italian quit his Real Madrid post in the summer after a two-year spell in charge of Los Blancos, winning the Champions League, Copa del Rey and Uefa Super Cup.
Ancelotti has been linked with a return to Chelsea in recent weeks after Jose Mourinho’s side slumped to their seventh defeat in 12 Premier League games last weekend.
And former United manager Ferguson dropped a big hint about Ancelotti’s future after he issued his backing for the former AC Milan and Juventus manager at the Unicef game at Old Trafford on Saturday night.
“He is one of my good friends and also one of the best managers the game has seen,” Ferguson is quoted as saying by Daily Star.
“And I think he’ll be back in the game shortly.
“People with that ability don’t stay out of it for long.”
Ancelotti won the Premier League and the FA Cup during a two-year reign at Chelsea between 2009 and 2011.
Carlo Ancelotti fact-file
• One of only six people to have lifted the European Champion Clubs’ Cup as both a player and coach and the second manager, after Bob Paisley, to win the trophy three times. A combative midfielder, he helped Roma win the 1983 Serie A title and four Italian Cups before joining Milan in 1986 where he added two more league championships, as well as back-to-back European Cup triumphs in 1989 and 1990.
• Ancelotti began coaching in 1995 with a year at Reggiana, earning them promotion from Serie B, before two seasons at Parma. Replaced Marcello Lippi at Juventus in February 1999 and returned to San Siro as coach of Milan in 2001.
• During eight seasons in charge, he won the Uefa Champions League in 2003 and 2007, but lost the 2005 final on penalties to Liverpool after leading 3-0. Milan also won a Serie A title, a Coppa Italia and the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup.
• Resigned on 31 May 2009 and was named as Chelsea’s new manager the following day. His first season in London ended with the club winning the league and cup double for the first time. Dismissed at the end of his second campaign, Ancelotti took charge of Paris in December 2011.
• In his one full season in the French capital, 2012/13, Ancelotti steered Paris to their first Ligue 1 title in 19 years. Left to take over at Madrid on a three-year contract, winning the Copa del Rey and the club’s tenth European Cup in his first season, becoming only the fifth coach to win the trophy with two clubs in the process. Madrid added the Uefa Super Cup at the start of the following campaign, the fifth time Ancelotti had won that trophy as player or coach.