Kalou pays tribute to Carlo

Ancelotti was given his marching orders barely an hour after

Sunday’s final game of the season at Everton before travelling back

to the Blues’ Cobham training base and saying his farewells. Kalou

last week refused to reveal whether he wanted Ancelotti to stay,

with the striker having struggled to hold down a regular starting

berth under the Italian. But his reaction to Ancelotti’s departure

was far more complimentary as he became the first Chelsea player to

comment publicly since the verdict. “The players respect him and

love him for what he did for the club,” Kalou told BBC Sport. “We

wish for Carlo to have a good time wherever he’s going. We all know

that he’s a good manager and he’s going to bounce back.” Captain

John Terry, speaking before the Ancelotti news became public,

insisted the players deserved to be blamed for the club’s

trophyless season. He told Chelsea TV: “We have to learn from where

we went wrong this year. I think there were a lot of things. “It’s

okay when things are going well but when they are not, everyone has

to have a good look at themselves. “We are having a good break

which will be the first time we will get four weeks off for a while

and it could be good coming into next season, but we must make it

work and start the season well. “We haven’t played as well as we

could have at a lot of times.” Despite Ancelotti having reiterated

his desire to remain in the Premier League following Chelsea’s

decision to dismiss him – which he said he “respects” – he appears

likely to be approached by Roma over their managerial vacancy. A

former player at the capital club, he would be welcomed with open

arms, according to star striker Francesco Totti. Totti told

reporters after his side’s 3-1 win over Sampdoria: “I hope

Ancelotti is in contention after he left Chelsea.” Vincenzo

Montella, who was placed in charge until the end of the season,

remained hopeful of keeping his job. He said: “I have been

evaluated by the directors who are at the training ground every day

and it was gratifying to prove I can already do this job. “It’s

already a very satisfying experience and we’ll see over the next

few days what happens.”