The Guardian, Dominic Fifield: Carlo Ancelotti’s descent from Double-winning manager to unemployment is complete. The Italian had sat in the media suite at Everton within an hour of this last loss, a game surrendered to 10 men and a staggering goal, and pondered what was next. “Officially, I am now on holiday,” he had said. “I’m just not sure how long my holiday will be.”
The confirmation was delivered within minutes, the Chelsea chief executive, Ron Gourlay, meeting the manager at the foot of the stairs to relieve him of his duties with 12 months of a three-year contract to run. The fight had rather been knocked out of the Italian over recent weeks, as it had been from his team once defeat at Old Trafford had killed off their chances of retaining their title. He accepted the decision, instead of protesting it.
The Independent, Chris Brereton: Ancelotti may have delivered the only Premier League and FA Cup Double in Chelsea’s history last season but memories under Roman Abramovich are short and, consequently, Ancelotti’s shelf life even shorter. Survival Sunday meant something entirely different at Goodison Park.
With a win percentage of 62 per cent from his 109 games in charge, Ancelotti has more than done enough to justify his existence and he remains popular with players and fans, but a trophy-less season is simply something Abramovich is unwilling to countenance.
“Relax,” said the Italian when questioned about his future, “I’m officially on holiday from today. I’m not sure how long my holiday will be.”
Daily Telegraph, Rory Smith: Like his team, Carlo Ancelotti wore black. Where the rest of the Premier League spent this afternoon shredding their fingernails, tearing their hair, waiting for questions to be answered, Chelsea and their manager had only certainty. Judgment Day has been and gone. Now it is time for sentencing. So much for Survival Sunday.
Official Chelsea FC Website: A disappointing Chelsea performance saw the side end the season with a defeat after a second-half solo effort from Jermaine Beckford put 10-man Toffees ahead.
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