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Carlo Ancelotti: Should he stay or should he go?
Published : 13 Apr 2011 13:54:49
Manchester United fans were singing about going to Wembley in the closing stages of Tuesday night's Champions League win over Chelsea. All Blues fans were hearing was the last rites being read of their miserable season, which is all but over following their side's quarter-final exit. Boss Carlo Ancelotti faces an uncertain future after a failed campaign, so Sportsmail considers the main reasons why he should be backed and why he should be sacked. Testing times: Ancelotti's jacket is on a wobbly nail at Stamford Bridge after the loss to Manchester United Reasons he should stay... A proven European record Admittedly, it has not worked the previous two seasons, but no-one can question the Italian's credentials in Europe. At AC Milan he won two Champions League titles and reached another final. (He also lifted the European Cup twice as a player). Proof enough that he has what it takes. The only problem is Chelsea managers under owner Roman Abramovich are given a ridiculously short time to achieve success in one of the world's toughest competitions. Misfortune played a part against United as Chelsea were denied a penalty in the first leg when Patrice Evra brought down Ramires. To win the Champions League you need talent but you also need a slice of luck and Chelsea have not had the rub of the green. Seen them given: Chelsea were denied a penalty at Stamford Bridge when Evra brought down Ramires He can win trophies Ancelotti has also shown he can get the best out of his players over the course of a season after winning Chelsea's first domestic double last term in just his first year in charge. It was in the big games where he made it count too. Recording league doubles over Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool as Chelsea scored 103 goals - a Premier League record. He may have slipped up this season, but even the best managers are prone to having a bad run that sees their team miss out on honours. He can bounce back. Prize guy: Ancelotti delivered the Premier League trophy and the FA Cup to Chelsea last season Is there anyone out there better? You will be hard pressed to find a manager with a better CV to take the reins at Stamford Bridge. There is always Jose Mourinho, but bringing him back depends on just how proud a man Abramovich is. If Ancelotti cannot do it, then not many others are likely to fare better. Abramovich needs to show patience and faith in his current boss to reap the longer-term reward he craves. Bringing in a young manager with future potential is unlikely to work either. In an egotistical environment such as the Chelsea dressing room, an established European club coach is needed to gain the respect of the players. Just look what happened to Luiz Felipe Scolari. No way Jose? Mourinho says he will return to the Premier League eventually - but will it be to Chelsea? Reasons he should go... He is being undermined When the owner starts suggesting you should play one of the most out-of-form strikers in the game, you're on a slippery managerial slope. Ancelotti is set to lose either way.The constant inclusion of Fernando Torres is doing nothing to help the team, the manager or crucially the player's shot-to-bits confidence. Should Ancelotti drop the Spaniard then he is on a collision course with Abramovich over why he is not playing a ?50m striker. The mysterious dismissal of Ray Wilkins earlier this season was also a big loss for the Italian and it shows all is not well behind the scenes at the club. Firing blanks: Chelsea's ?50m striker Torres is still searching for his first goal in a blue jersey He is now being found out in Europe Outfoxed by Mourinho's Inter Milan in the Champions League last season, things haven't improved this time around following the quarter-final exit to Manchester United. United may have been fortunate with a couple of decisions but over the course of the two legs were the better side and the tie never looked out of their control. Ancelotti was brought in to win Europe's premier competition but Copenhagen aside, has yet to win a major knock-out match - a disappointing return, blank cheque book or not. Chelsea need a fresh start Plenty of the Blues' key players are in their 30s and long servants such as John Terry, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Didier Drogba can only carry the team so far for so long. All have been successful under Ancelotti who will have faith and loyalty in such reliable players but there has to be a point when the next generation get their chance instead, which will be easier for a new manager to do with different ideas. Existing players will benefit too, Slow start or not, Torres is the immediate future at Chelsea and as such will find it a lot easier to play under a manager who he knows won't be reluctantly picking him. Familiar faces: Terry (left) and Lampard were left gutted as the final whistle sounded at Old Trafford Bounce back: Cech wants Chelsea to be second best after European exitAncelotti will not quit Chelsea! Former star Zola hails 'fighter' CarloMartin Samuel: Thanks for nothing, Fernando. 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