Hodgson sympathy for axed Ancelotti

West Brom manager Roy Hodgson has expressed his sympathy for Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked from Chelsea for a trophyless season.

“Total and deepest sympathy as he is a friend of mine”, said Hodgson. “I know him well from being opponents in Italy. He has done an excellent job. One is always saddened when they lose their jobs.

“Maybe particularly saddened as a coach when you can lose your jobs now by finishing second in the Barclays Premier League and having had a good run in the Champions League.”

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Despite Ancelotti not winning the Champions League, and finishing runners-up in the Premier League, Hodgson thinks the former Milan Coach will have no problem finding another high-profile job:

“These things are saddening for us but I am sure Carlo will be able to put all of these things into perspective and I don’t think that anyone will think any less of him as a manager.

“He is one of Europe’s top managers; he has proven that time and time again. Call me old fashioned but I find it hard to regard finishing second in one of the top leagues in Europe as failure.”

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