Carlo enters lion's den: Ancelotti will need to be wary of another Roman execution at the Bridge
02 June 2009 12:44
On paper, Carlo Ancelotti already felt like 'the coach of the Blues'. He said as much in that explosive new autobiography. But now he has the job for real a job that, even for a man who has just spent eight years in the employment of Silvio Berlusconi, could prove something of an eye opener.Guus Hiddink might not agree after walking away from Chelsea with lots of fancy leaving presents, but Stamford Bridge has been a hostile place for managers in the last two years, even for managers with records as impressive as the man who arrives from AC Milan.
Winning smile: Ancelotti celebrates another win with AC Milan and will be looking forward to bringing that winning feeling to Stamford Bridge
He is unlikely to go to Jose Mourinho for advice, not when he appears to dislike someone he refers to mockingly as 'His Specialty'. But it will be fascinating to see how Ancelotti conducts himself in Chelsea's fierce political cauldron, fascinating to see which members of Roman's Senate he chooses to trust, if indeed he trusts any of them. After all, he described the driver who took him to that meeting with Roman Abramovich in Paris last year as someone who possessed 'the face of a killer' and it might be with a look of suspicion that he observes his new employers or 'the typical look of a secret agent', as he describes it in his book, presumably from behind his secret agent sunglasses. We'll win the lotti! Adebayor, Pirlo and Alonso on Carlo's transfer wish list Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti's first interview: I know how to win the Champions League - now I must do it again. Ciao Carlo! Chelsea confirm Ancelotti as new Stamford Bridge bossMilan admit Kaka could follow Ancelotti out of the San Siro this summer. Martin Samuel: Carlo looks like a guy who has found a pretty new girlfriend. Truth is he's been dumped by his old one!