LMA blast Ancelotti sacking

Published May. 25, 2011 2:24 p.m. ET

LMA chief executive Richard Bevan has criticised Chelsea for the way they went about dismissing Carlo Ancelotti.

The Blues lost their final game of the season 1-0 to Everton on Sunday and Ancelotti was told around an hour after the final whistle at Goodison Park that his services would no longer be required.

Speculation over the Italian's position had been building for a number of weeks, despite the fact that he had guided Chelsea to a domestic Double last year.

Club owner Roman Abramovich has developed a reputation for being ruthless when it comes to replacing bosses and Bevan can understand his ambition, but believes Ancelotti was not shown enough respect.

"I think the way they went about sacking Carlo was pretty much disrespectful in terms of the way they treated him," Bevan said in the Daily Mirror.

"There was a tap on the shoulder in the corridor at Everton and a 'let's go and have a conversation'. The way the whole situation was handled was of little class.

"And, actually, it's damaging to the game. It's disrespectful to the Premier League at the end of the season and I think Mr Abramovich needs to have a long hard look at the advisors who he's got advising him.


"It's just a very poor way of running a club. He needs to have a little bit more respect for the history and tradition and culture.

"I think they are counting up to seven managers in eight years. Obviously, the owner has targeted the Champions League final."

Chelsea are now on the lookout for a new man to take the helm next season and Bevan believes their handling of Ancelotti highlights a worrying trend in English football.

"Carlo is a very dignified, very honourable man, and probably one of the most liked men we had at the LMA awards dinner on Monday night. He had a massive ovation from fans as well as the other managers in the room," Bevan explained.

"It would be interesting to see what the Chelsea fans think of it. In terms of whether or not he's going for the Champions League and has targeted Guus Hiddink or any other manager, then fair enough, if that's his target.

"Sure, Carlo knew what sort of club he was joining and he is a very experienced man. He's managed 700 matches and has been around Europe. In fact, he's only one of six people who have won the Champions League as both a player and a manager.

"But I think it's not really about Carlo. It's about how we operate our clubs. We've lost 40 managers and over 100 coaches: 105 coaches this season sacked from their clubs.

"Just think a little bit about that. That means we lose affinity with investors in the game and, actually, it creates a problem.

"The likes of Chelsea, Ipswich and QPR as I was growing up were always your second clubs. I'm not so sure that's the case any longer with Chelsea."

Bevan insists that Sir Alex Ferguson's success at Manchester United demonstrates how stability should be the desired course of action for a club.

"Back in 1986, Alex had about 18 months where he struggled," recalled Bevan. "But what he's done there, and what other managers have done in the history of the game, is they've built a winning culture in the game. They've built through leadership and through time."