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Blues axe falls on ten Cate
29 May 2008 - 18:14:44
Chelsea have parted company with assistant first-team coach Henk ten Cate just seven months after appointing the Dutchman.
Ten Cate was drafted into manager Avram Grant's backroom staff following the departure of Jose Mourinho in October.
However following the sacking of Grant in the aftermath of the Champions League Final defeat to Manchester United, ten Cate has now followed the Israeli out of the Stamford Bridge exit door.
The news comes just days after the former Ajax coach and Barcelona assistant claimed his job was safe despite the decision to sack Grant.
"Half an hour before Chelsea made the message about Grant officially known, I was called by the chief executive Peter Kenyon," he told Dutch media.
"He informed me that the departure of Grant will not affect me.
"In January I had one such evaluation and then we said we would do again after the season. I have a contract until 2010."
The decision to part company with ten Cate would seem to suggest that the Blues are close to appointing a new manager.
AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti, former Internazionale boss Roberto Mancini and current Portugal manager Luiz Felipe Scolari remain the frontrunners for the post.