Carlo Ancelotti was a popular figure at Chelsea, amongst the players and the supporters, but that wasn’t enough to spare him from the sack at the end of his second campaign in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Nor was the fact he won the double in his first season with the Blues.
Chelsea finished second at the end of the 2010-11 campaign, nine points behind Manchester United, who also knocked their domestic rivals out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals that season.
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Minutes after Chelsea’s final match of the season away to Everton, Ancelotti was unceremoniously sacked in one of the corridors at Goodison Park, according to a report from the Independent at the time.
And now Ancelotti has revealed another story of how the club’s billionaire owner left him feeling embarrassed following the team’s Champions League quarter-final second-leg defeat to United.
Ancelotti reveals the time Abramovich embarrassed him
"But at that moment, after losing that game, everyone was a little bit embarrassed. There was total silence. I tried to break it with a little speech."
Ancelotti: I haven't spoken much with Abramovich since
Ancelotti, who replaced Pep Guardiola as the manager of Bayern Munich this summer, was also asked if he preferred working for Abramovich, Real Madrid’s Florentino Perez or AC Milan’s Silvio Berlusconi.
"I spent eight years with Berlusconi and I still have a good relationship with him,” the Italian coach added.
"The fact that these owners sacked me doesn't mean that our relationship is broken. I still get on well with Florentino, and although I haven't spoken much with Abramovich since I left Chelsea, I have no problem with him."
Chelsea went on to win the Champions League
Abramovich would argue that his decision to sack Ancelotti was justified by the fact Chelsea were crowned champions of Europe for the first time in their history 12 months later.
The Russian replaced Ancelotti with Andre Villas-Boas, who was sacked two months before the end of the 2011-12 campaign and replaced by Roberto Di Matteo.
It was the rookie Italian who led Chelsea to Champions League glory, against all the odds, although he was also sacked by Abramovich six months later.
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