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Hiddink and Roma to have major say on Ancelotti’s Chelsea future

| 09.05.2011

Chelsea’s failure to win at Old Trafford mean that they can effectively start preparing for next season now and there is a good chance that changes could be made off the pitch ahead of the next campaign.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti is 8/11 in the Premier League odds to still be in charge on the first day of next season and has stated his desire to see out the final year of his contract.

However, after the current disappointing campaign where Chelsea were never really in the position to win any silverware, Roman Abramovich has reportedly suggested that he would be happy to appoint a new boss.

Talks are expected to take place in the summer regarding the future of Ancelotti, but it is believed that if Abramovich can convince Guus Hiddink to take over the reins at Stamford Bridge, then the Italian will leave the club.

Meanwhile, there are still suggestions that Ancelotti may himself decide to quit England, with Roma a possible destination.

It is 1/1 that Ancelotti is not Chelsea manager on the opening day of next season and he has previously indicated that he would like to one day coach Roma, after playing for the club for eight years.

Vicenzo Montella is currently on a short-term deal with Roma until the end of the season and despite doing an adequate job, it is unlikely that he would be given the job on a permanent basis ahead of Ancelotti.

To date Ancelotti has distanced himself from these rumours, but there are other reasons to suggest that big transitions will be made off the field at Chelsea this summer.

Ray Wilkins has already been sacked this season and sporting director Frank Arnesen, who was involved in the process of bringing Ancelotti to Chelsea in 2009, is leaving for Schalke.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.