Thierry Henry makes prediction about next Chelsea manager after Jose Mourinho sacking
Thierry Henry runs the rule over Jose Mourinho's replacement at Chelsea
Thierry Henry has tipped Chelsea to appoint Carlo Ancelotti as their next manager after Jose Mourinho was sacked on Thursday evening.
The Blues parted company with the Portuguese head coach just seven months after Mourinho led the west London side to their fourth Premier League title.
You need to bring in someone who can bring back the desire and commitment to win games
The defending champions have struggled to replicate their title-winning form this season after losing nine of their opening 16 top-flight games.
Chelsea suffered a comprehensive 2-1 defeat by current Premier League leaders Leicester City at King Power Stadium in Mourinho’s final game in charge on Monday night.
Former Arsenal and Barcelona striker Henry tripped the west Londoners to appoint their ex-manager Ancelotti as Mourinho’s replacement in the coming weeks.
“Carlo Ancelotti would have been a great fit and a great choice so I don’t know where they go from here,” Henry told Sky Sports.
“You have to be careful who is available and who will come. Is it going to be a manager who is coming in the short-term or long-term? You need to bring in someone who can bring back the desire and commitment to win games. Chelsea have some of the greatest players in the league.”
Ancelotti won the Premier League and the FA Cup at Chelsea in 2010 before he was sacked less than 12 months later.
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.
• 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, won the 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 Super Cup at the start of the following campaign, the fifth time Ancelotti had won that trophy as player or coach.
The Italian hasn’t returned to management since leaving his position at La Liga giants Real Madrid earlier this year.