Axed Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins feared for his job six months ago, reports the Mail Online.
The website continues to state that Wilkins, who was popular among the playing staff at Stamford Bridge, even feared the axe while preparing the side for last season’s FA Cup Final win over Portsmouth.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti praised the former QPR boss, but said he is not powerful enough at the club to have the final say over such matters. The Italian continued: “I know here in England some managers have total control of the club, [but] this is not the case in this club. Usually we will take a decision together, but sometimes the club make decisions.”
Mourinho backs Blues for title.
Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has tipped the Blues to make the Premier League a one-horse race this season – unless old pal Sir Alex Ferguson can get Manchester United winning rather than drawing their games. The Red Devils have drawn six of their twelve league games this season, and whilst they remain unbeaten it is the winning form of Chelsea which has, at the time of writing, opened up a three point lead at the top of the table – with the Londoners having the advantage of a game in hand.
According to the Mail Online, Mourinho said: “Chelsea have only lost twice this season and look at how many times the other sides, like Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City have dropped points. It will be a two-horse race in England and if Manchester Untied don’t watch out it will be a one-horse race.”
Schweinsteiger to make decision.
Bayern Munich midfielder Bastien Schweinsteiger has told Sport1 that he will soon make a decision on his future amid interest from Stamford Bridge.
The midfielder still claims that winning the Champions League remains one of his ambitions, but admitted that he could achieve this at another club as well. He has featured in the Bayern sides who finished runners-up in the competition to Manchester United in 1999 and to Inter Milan earlier this year.
He said: “Yes, I am leaning towards a decision. Bayern’s footballing skills have developed greatly in the last year, which was nice to see. My goal is to win the Champions League and I’ve always said that I can do that at other clubs as well.”