Chelsea fired manager Carlo Ancelotti On this day in 2011, a year after he moved the club to the domestic stuntman.

The then 51-year-old Italian won. Premier League He won a championship and FA Cup with the Blues in 2010, but was ruthlessly sacked by the club owner. Roman Abramovich after failing to deliver a trophy the following season.

The Blues finished second in the title race, nine points behind Manchester United, after Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup debuts, and Ancelotti fell victim to his previous success.

Chelsea finished empty-handed for the first time in three years, and a club statement read: “This season’s performances have been below expectations and the club feels the time is right to make this change ahead of preparations for next season.”

Loyalty to rulers has never been one of Abramovich’s traits.

Ancelotti, who lost 1-0 to Everton on the last day of the season, had just held his post-match press conference when CEO Ron Gourlay reportedly pulled him aside in the Goodison Park corridor and broke the news. .

Ancelotti’s dismissal has put Chelsea on a quest for their seventh manager in eight years since Abramovich took over the club in 2003.

The Russian billionaire sacked Jose Mourinho’s first post four months after handing out back-to-back trophies.

Ancelotti’s predecessors Avram Grant and Luiz Felipe Scolari and the man who replaced him, Andre Villas-Boasall distributed within eight months.

Ancelotti, who won the Champions League twice with his former club Milan He managed Paris St Germain, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Napoli and Everton before coming to Stamford Bridge.

He returned to Real Madrid in 2021 and became the first manager to win titles in each of Europe’s top five leagues (Serie A, Premier League, Ligue 1, Bundesliga and LaLiga) after taking them home.