Chelsea: Carlos Ancelotti Haunted by the Ghosts of Managers Past

Muhammad Umar Jawed@@MUJAWEDCorrespondent IJanuary 15, 2011

FLORENCE, ITALY - NOVEMBER 20: Carlos Ancelotti, manager of AC Milan gestures during the Serie A match between Fiorentina and AC Milan at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on November 20, 2005 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo by New Press/Getty Images)
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Carlos Ancelotti days at the bridge are limited. Like his predecessors his time will also be short. The wins against Blackburn Rovers and Ispwhich town may have postponed the sack but his countdown has definitely begun.

Roman Abramovich has changed six managers since buying the club in 2003. They were sacked despite all of them giving good performances. While on the other hand Ancelotti spent nine years in Millan peacefully without filling his trophy cabinet that much.

The first manager who was sacked by Abramovich was Claudio Ranieri. He had worked hard to rebuild Chelsea and tried his best to make a formidable side. Chelsea favourites under Mourinho like John Terry, Petr Čech, Arjen Robben, William Gallas, Claude Makelele, and Frank Lampard were all brought to Chelsea or nurtured by Ranieri. Under him Chelsea gained more points under him than they ever had in the previous years. Popular speculations were that he eventually will be sacked, but he kept battling on. He was eventually sacked in 2004 and he wrote a book Proud Man Walking documenting his last year in Chelsea.

The next manager was Jose Mourinho. He became one of the highest paid managers in football with a salary of £4.2 million a year, which was subsequently raised in 2005 to £5.2 million. In a press conference he proclaimed himself as the "Special One," a title which later was taken up by the British media. Under him Chelsea for the first in 50 years won a domestic league title and became a dominant force in England and Europe. Mourinho unexpectedly left Chelsea on 20 September 2007 "by mutual consent," although there had been a series of disagreements with Chairman Roman Abramovich. Under him Chelsea won two premier league titles, two League Cups, one F.A Cup and one Community Shield.

Avram Grant, a close friend of Roman Abramovich, was assigned managers role on  September 20th after the depature of Mourinho, without having the required top-flight coaching certification from UEFA. In fact, he had never received the lower-level coaching cerfications from UEFA for "B" and "A" level coaching in Europe. Chelsea fans did not take well to Grant's appointment. There were protests against his appointment.

The first match he managed was against Manchester United which the blues lost 2-0. In his reign Chelsea qualified for the UEFA champions league final, which they lost thanks to Terry for missing the penalty and they remained unbeaten in home. The only loss came second in the premier league on the last day. He departed from the club at at around 6pm on May 24th, 2008.

He was replaced with the World-Cup winning Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. Scolari's career as Chelsea manager in the Premier League got off to a good start with a 4–0 victory over 2008 FA Cup winners Portsmouth. Scolari was sacked as Chelsea manager on February 9th, 2009 after a run of poor form.

Dutchman Guus Hiddink was his replacement who at the same time was managing Russia. Hiddink only lost once during his tenure as Chelsea manager, a 1-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, where Luka Modrić scored the only goal of the match. Under him Chelsea won the F.A Cup and came second in the league. Players and fans urged him to stay but he returned back to Russia.

So, taking a looking at the time of all these managers in Chelsea it becomes evident that none of them except perhaps Scolari was poor and they all were good managers but Abramovich sacked them so it will be no diffrent if Ancelotti is also sacked.and the speculations had already began.I wish that he stays but going by the track record it is unlikely.Continuity,is the key to success see United. 

The ghosts of the past managers and their fate are haunting Ancelotti and he has admitted that he is lucky to still have the job and if the results don't come then he may be sacked.6 managers in 8 years .Will there will be a 7th?