Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is thought to be considering his own position as manager following yesterday’s loss to Birmingham.
The defeat arrived in the wake of news that dismissed assistant Ray Wilkins is preparing legal action against the club he served for so long as player and staff, suing the Blues for unfair dismissal.
Express.co.uk states that the decision to install Michael Emenalo as Ancelotti’s new first team coaching assistant was made in the boardroom – and the former AC Milan boss’ lack of flexibility with the directors could potentially force him out of the club should any more decisions be made behind his back.
Boss blames luck.
Meanwhile, Ancelotti has defended his “unlucky” stars after the champions fell short for the third time in four matches, losing 1-0 at Birmingham.
Former Leeds star Lee Bowyer’s first goal in almost a year condemned Ancelotti’s men at St. Andrew’s.
According to Mirror.co.uk, Ancelotti said: “I’ve already said to the players ‘don’t lose confidence because you played good football’. The result is frustrating but they deserved to win. The team didn’t play well against Sunderland and this result is not good but we didn’t deserve to lose. We didn’t win because we were unlucky and because Ben Foster played a good game.”
Blues consider Cahill.
Following on from yesterday’s news that John Terry could return to first team action as early as next Sunday, medical experts have expressed their fears that the defensive rock could, in actual fact, be absent until March.
Mirror Football is carrying the story today, saying that the news could spark a January move for cover in the guise of Bolton Wanderers and England defender Gary Cahill. Securing the star’s services will not be cheap, however, and the Blues may well have to bid up to £15m to capture the former Aston Villa player.