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Hoddle: Ancelotti should stay

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Former Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle has urged the Blues to stick with under-fire manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The Blues were knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday at the quarter-final stage by rivals Manchester United, who are also on course to take the Premier League and FA Cup trophy away from west London. However, Hoddle has questioned why anybody would want to dismantle the solid foundations at Stamford Bridge.

"Carlo should be given time," he said. "He has already proved he can be successful. The double is not an easy thing to do in England."

The ex-England and Tottenham manager added: "All right, he may be chasing the golden rainbow which is the Champions League and it has not quite happened. They were a coat of paint away from winning that so they have proved they can actually get that close.

"Can it happen again in the future? Yes it can if they can build on what Ancelotti has already put in there. There is a good foundation there, good work put in, so why dismantle it now?

"But it is (Roman Abramovich's) baby and no matter what any of us say he can do exactly what he wants to because he deserves it."

"Carlo won the double last year and he hasn't done as well this year, it is pretty simple. I think in football you need to get a balance. If you don't look at a balance you can make a mistake.

"He has had a really fantastic season and he has had one where obviously the owner wants to win the Champions League and it has not happened. But they have a very good squad still, the ability to entice very good players to them and with a manager of his pedigree, why would you want to start afresh again?

"I would say he definitely deserves another season, if not two. They have got some good young players out on loan gaining experience who will be better players for them next year, like Daniel Sturridge.

"There is some youth there and there is some experience there. There is a semi-ageing group of players but they are experienced, they are quality. I don't care if you are 17 or 37, look at Ryan Giggs."

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