Ancelotti: Results not everything

Published Dec. 18, 2010 7:15 a.m. ET

Legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi famously said: "Winning isn't everything - it's the only thing" - but Ancelotti disagrees. Ancelotti has tried to play down his side's worst Premier League run for more than a decade by claiming winning is not the most important thing in football. The under-pressure Blues boss believes results should be secondary to the general progress of a club, saying: "I don't think it is the most important thing, to win. "I know that a lot of managers are judged just on the results. "Maybe in the future I will be an owner of a club. "I will judge my coach not just on the results." Expanding on the factors he would consider, the Italian added: "The philosophy of the team, the philosophy of the club, the atmosphere. "There are a lot of things that you can judge." Ancelotti was responding to a question about whether he needed to win the Champions League to remain at Stamford Bridge in the long term. Billionaire owner Roman Abramovich is thought to be obsessed with the competition and, asked if his boss shared his philosophy, Ancelotti said: "You have to ask Mr Abramovich, not me!" The Italian cited Arsenal's Arsene Wenger has the perfect example of a manager who has enjoyed the kind of leeway he would like. Wenger has not won a trophy for five years and Ancelotti said: "Arsenal are playing without victory very good football. "The fans I think of Arsenal are happy to watch their team play, that they are playing good football." Abramovich has dispensed with more than one of Ancelotti's predecessors over statistically less alarming dips than the one the current manager has overseen. The former AC Milan coach has no intention of walking away himself following a week of reports speculating he was becoming disillusioned with life at Stamford Bridge. Ancelotti, who won the double in his first season in charge, reiterated he wanted to stay for 10 years, saying: "I maintain the same idea. I am feeling good here and I would like to stay here if it's possible. "The first year here was very good and I think we need to maintain the same level this season and the other seasons. "It depends, obviously, on the results. This is normal." But Ancelotti is highly unlikely to be in charge as long as the man he will face this weekend when Sir Alex Ferguson brings Manchester United to west London. Ferguson will overtake Sir Matt Busby's record of 24 years, one month and 13 days at the helm of United on Sunday. "I'm coming from Italy and for me it's impossible to think one coach could stay for 24 years," said Ancelotti. "For me, he never lost his passion, he never lost his ability to manage the team and he's a fantastic example for every coach to follow. "Obviously, everyone I think hopes to have the same career at one club." He added: "If Sir Alex was able to do this, why is another manager not able to do this?"