Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes that Chelsea's sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari has ended the London club's Premier League title hopes.
Scolari was sent packing after a matter of months in charge at Stamford Bridge, with Ferguson feeling that the Blues have panicked into making a change, even though he praised the incoming Guus Hiddink.
He told United Review: "I think they have played into our hands and that the title race now is going to be between ourselves and Liverpool.
"I was shocked that Chelsea should part so soon with a manager of such great experience and proven success as Phil Scolari.
"Their haste is a reflection of the sad way the game is going, with everyone from owners, board members, supporters and the media demanding instant success and showing absolutely no patience in the pursuit of their ambition.
"I would have thought it self-evident that winning prizes comes with stability and long-term planning.
"Yet so often when a club is faced with a few problems, wisdom flies out of the window in the hope that a new man can bring about a quick fix.
"Chelsea have called in a very experienced manager in Guus Hiddink and I am sure he will make an impact.
"At the same time, he has to start from scratch, perhaps putting together his own staff and gathering round him players of his choice which may take him some time."