Hoddle urges Blues to keep Carlo

The Italian has overseen what is set to be Chelsea’s worst season

since Roman Abramovich bought the club. While the London side will

finish the Premier League campaign in second place, it is possible

that not even last year’s league and FA Cup double will be enough

to prevent Ancelotti’s exit. Former England manager Hoddle has

warned that such a move may be damaging to Chelsea in the long term

and urged owner Abramovich to keep faith with Ancelotti. “I think

Chelsea have probably changed their management team too much in the

last five, six, seven years,” Hoddle said, speaking at a Football

40 event at Planet Hollywood, London. “I think if they do it again

there is a chance they will be stepping backwards rather than going

forwards. “He proved last year that he can be successful for

Chelsea so I think he certainly needs one more year to prove that

again.” Despite the fact Ancelotti remains at the helm, several

bookmakers are already accepting bets on the next man to step into

the breach at Stamford Bridge. Former Chelsea managers Jose

Mourinho and Guus Hiddink have been linked with the post, while

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp and Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola also

have short odds. However, it is Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas who is

favourite for the still-occupied Chelsea job after a season of

unrivalled success in Portugal. On Wednesday night, the

33-year-old’s team added the Europa League to the Portuguese league

and Super Cup crowns they had already achieved. Such success has

seen Villas-Boas linked with a host of top positions across Europe.

He has worked before at Chelsea, having a spell working alongside

Mourinho. Hoddle was the England team’s youngest manager when he

was appointed in 1996 at the age of 38. And he does not believe age

would prevent somebody with the talent of Villas-Boas succeeding at

the top level. “Sometimes being young you have a refreshing

outlook, which you can bring to this side,” added Hoddle, who is

acting as technical director for Football 40. “Too many people

sometimes look at grey hair as a sign of experience. Well, you

might be experienced at doing the wrong things and have grey hair.

“It doesn’t mean it is the right experience, does it? “Even a

younger person can have better experience than some of the older

guys. “I think you have to learn quickly, learn from the many

mistakes that you make. “But do you know what? Even the most

experienced managers make mistakes and all they are doing are

repeating them.” Hoddle added: “Talent is talent. Whether it is a

talented player or it is a talented manager or coach. “Talent is

talent and you have to fast-track it sometimes and someone has to

take that step. “If they see someone and that is how they want

their club to be run or if they see something in a young player is

more mature then they are going to take that chance with them. “And

long may that continue in football.”