John Terry has leant his backing to Carlo Ancelotti as the Chelsea manager's future at Stamford Bridge hangs in the balance.
It is widely expected that the Italian will be sacked by Roman Abramovich during the summer after this campaign failed to yield any silverware, despite significant January investment.
Ancelotti's former no.2 Ray Wilkins yesterday voiced his support for the 51-year-old, claiming winning an historic Double last season was evidence enough that former AC Milan boss is the right man for the job.
Now the Chelsea skipper has launched a staunch defence of his manager, professing he would 'love' Ancelotti to remain at Stamford Bridge.
"He's got my full support," Terry told The Sun. "I love Carlo.
"He won the Double in his first year and this year the injuries and releasing players has been tough for him.
"When Mourinho was here we had a big squad but we miss that. Somewhere in between where we are and what we had would be ideal."
Former Chelsea caretaker boss Guus Hiddink is the current favourite to succeed Ancelotti should he be fired, while Porto sensation Andre Villas-Boas has also been earmarked as a potential replacement.
The Chelsea players must now play the waiting game to see who will take them into the new season, and Petr Cech realises there is nothing he and his team-mates can do to affect the outcome.
"Last year was very successful for the club with the manager," said the Blues' goalkeeper. "This season we know it didn't happen as we all wished.
"Now this is the decision of the club, not the players.
"We will see what is going to happen in the summer,
"After every season there are a few changes in the team to refresh the dressing room."
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