Carlo Ancelotti has been installed as the new Chelsea manager after signing a 3 year deal.
He replaces Guus Hiddink who had a 4 month temporary spell in charge during which time he took the club to the semi finals of the Champions League and victory over Everton in the FA Cup final.
Ancelotti took charge of his final Serie A game at the weekend, a 2 – 0 win away at Fiorentina which guarantees the Milan club Champions League football next season. He’s to be replaced by the club’s current technical director Leonardo.
Ancelotti revealed on Sunday that his contract at AC Milan had been terminted by mutual consent though at the time he denied that a deal with Chelsea had been done. However, the speed of the announcement comes as no great surprise as it was well known that Ancelotti was Chelsea’s first choice.
A statement on the club’s web site read:
Carlo was the outstanding candidate for the job.
He has proved over a long period his ability to build teams that challenged for, and have been successful in, major domestic and European competitions.
He also had a highly successful playing career in those competitions and therefore brings unparalleled all round experience to the job.