Carlo Ancelotti is ready to return to Chelsea if asked by Roman Abramovich to replace Jose Mourinho, despite being sacked by the Russian billionaire four years ago.
This is according to The Sun’s Martin Lipton, who believes this latest development could be a “game-changer” regarding the future of Mourinho at Chelsea.
The Portuguese coach is under severe pressure at Stamford Bridge after a dreadful start to the season, but no obvious replacement appeared to be available until now.
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It was initially believed that Ancelotti, who has been out of work since the end of last season following his dismissal at Real Madrid, would be unwilling to return to Chelsea after the unceremonious manner of his sacking back in May 2011.
Within an hour of Chelsea’s final match of the 2010-11 campaign, against Everton, Ancelotti was relieved of his duties in a corridor at Goodison Park - despite winning the Premier League and FA Cup double at the end of the previous season.
Ancelotti only wants permanent contract
But money talks and the chance to return to top-level management means Ancelotti is prepared to work under Abramovich once again.
The Mirror, meanwhile, understand that Ancelotti would only consider a return the Bridge if offered a permanent contract. The Italian coach has no desire to take on the job on an interim basis, like Rafael Benitez did during the 2012-13 season.
There’s a possibility that Ancelotti will be contacted by the Chelsea hierarchy as early as this weekend, if Mourinho’s side slump to another defeat against Liverpool on Saturday.
Chelsea fans react
But it seems not all Chelsea supporters believe replacing Mourinho with Ancelotti would be a smart move - check out some of these tweets.
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