Chelsea have dismissed talk in the press this morning that manager Carlo Ancelotti is set to quit the club as “utter nonsense.”
There have been rumours that the former AC Milan coach could head for the Stamford Bridge exit over the dismissal of assistant Ray Wilkins – but these rumours have been quelled.
According to Goal.com, recent poor form has also contributed to talk of Ancelotti’s exit, but the club told Sky Sports News: “He is contracted until 2012 and speculation about his future is total nonsense.”
Players ousted Wilkins?
On the subject of Ray Wilkins’ departure from the club, The Guardian is this morning claiming that it was player pressure which forced the former QPR manager to leave.
Wilkins claimed he enjoyed a “fantastic relationship” with the players, but some first teamers reportedly aired their concerns relating to the coach’s ability, according to “a highly placed source at the club.”
Wilkins is taking legal action against Chelsea for unfair dismissal, but the club have insisted that they will honour the termination provisions in his contract.
Youngsters to face Zilina.
On the pitch, meanwhile, Ancelotti is ready to look towards youth for Chelsea’s Champions League showdown with Zilina tomorrow.
Having already qualified for the knockout stages of the tournament, the Blues boss may tinker with his starting eleven and offer youngsters a taste of European football.
According to Sky Sports, the youngsters who particularly shine could force their way into the side for the trip to Newcastle at the weekend as well. Ancelotti said: “Josh [McEachran] will start against Zilina. He is ready because he has personality and he will play an important position on the pitch as a holding midfielder. I think he can put in a good performance. He is able to do this.”