Carlo sack no surprise - Wilkins

BY foxsports • May 26, 2011

Ancelotti left the club after they failed to land any silverware in the 2010-11 season, having won the Premier League and FA Cup double the previous campaign. And Wilkins, whose role as coach at Stamford Bridge ended in November, said: "It wasn't a big surprise but I'm slightly disappointed for Carlo. "The owners are looking to win the holy grail - and the Champions League is that as far as Chelsea is concerned. "The Champions League isn't on their CV. The double, the league and the FA Cup are - only the Champions League is missing and it will be the one Mr (owner, Roman) Abramovich strives for as long as he's in control of Chelsea. "Carlo won the Champions League twice as a coach and as a player so the (next) guy is going to be some sort of magician if he comes in and wins it first time. "They're giving it a good blast to win it - but it's not easy to win it at all." On Ancelotti, Wilkins told the BBC: "To win the double one year and come second the next, it does seem a bit harsh. But football doesn't surprise me any more. "He is a good guy and I think he needed to be involved still for them to improve. "I really feel quite sorry for him - the fact he's not there any more - but I'm sure he'll find another post because he's a good guy and an exceptional coach as well. I'm meeting him next week to see what he wants to do. "It's been difficult for him. He adores it in England and he loved working with the Chelsea players. I know their feelings on him - they adored him as a coach and a guy so they'd be quite disappointed I'd have thought. But they'll work hard for the next guy coming in." Chelsea made a bright start to the campaign but their slump coincided with the departure of Wilkins. However, the 54-year-old said: "I believe it was coincidental. "Every team has a period in a season when they don't function to their maximum and in that period it's vitally important to pick up points. "When Chelsea didn't function to their maximum they lost games - and they aren't used to losing games." On the Blues' next manager, Harry Redknapp is the favourite having been slashed from 25-1 to around even money, with Guus Hiddink second favourite. Wilkins said: "Guus is a very honourable man and I would imagine he'd honour his contract with Turkey. "I wouldn't have a clue who they're going to employ but I sincerely hope from the players' point of view that he's the right guy and can make things work." Wilkins continued on Sky Sports News: "I think it (Chelsea's next manager) will be someone from abroad. "Whether Harry would want to do it or not, I don't know. He's done a remarkable job with Tottenham in the last couple of years."