carlo Ancelotti was sacked by Chelsea immediately after he gave a press conference following yesterday’s 1-0 defeat at Everton.
It is understood, say Press Association sport, Ancelotti was given his marching orders by chief executive Ron Gourlay at Goodison Park after completing his post-match media duties in which he reiterated his belief that he would have a meeting with his bosses next week, during which he would learn his fate.
A year after delivering a League and Cup double, Ancelotti had overseen the worst season since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003 with no trophy. They finished second, nine points behind Manchester United.
A club stattement said: “This season’s performances have fallen short of expectations and the club feels the time is right to make this change ahead of next season’s preparations.
The Italian had been in good humour at the press conference saying: “I am now on holiday - but I am not sure how long my holiday will be! “We haven’t arranged any meeting but I think in the next week, now the season is finished, the club can address my job and they will take a decision.
Rumours Ancelotti was to depart grew after the club crashed out of the Champions League quarter-finals against Manchester United and his fate was ultimately sealed when a late title charge ended with defeat to the same opponents.
Meanwhile, Blackpool and Birmingham joined West Ham in being relegated from the Premier League.
Blackpool sensationally went 2-1 up against Manchester United with Charlie Adam equalising before half-time, the first time opponents have scored in the first half at Old Trafford this season.
However, the champions hit back to win 4-2 and Ian Holloway’s colourful stay in the top had lasted one season.
Mick McCarthy’s Wolves looked set to join them when they trailed 3-0 at home to Blackburn Rovers at half-time. However, they crucially pulled two back in the second half which meant that Birmingham were put in danger.
A late Steven Gardner strike to equalise at Spurs actually lifted City out of the bottom three but Wolves’ second goal tipped them back and Spurs late winner was irrelevant. Wigan’s win at Stoke saved them.