Wilkins seeks legal advice over Chelsea exit

BY foxsports • November 20, 2010

Former Chelsea assistant coach Ray Wilkins said Saturday that he is taking legal advice after the club decided not to renew his contract.

Wilkins left Chelsea abruptly on Nov. 11 with no explanation given for his departure.

''I am very disappointed that the board decided that I had no further contribution to make at Chelsea Football Club, which has played such a huge part in my life,'' Wilkins said in a statement released through the League Managers Association.

''The LMA's legal advisers are assisting me in obtaining answers to a number of questions arising from my undoubtedly unfair dismissal, and all efforts are being made to reach an amicable solution.''

Chelsea responded with a statement saying that the club was happy to negotiate with Wilkins' representatives.

''We are having amicable discussions with Ray's legal advisers,'' the statement said. ''Although the matter is confidential, we can say that we have told Ray and his advisers that we will honor the termination provisions in Ray's contract.''

Wilkins joined Chelsea for a second spell as assistant in 2008 under Luiz Felipe Scolari and worked alongside Scolari's successor Guus Hiddink and current manager Carlo Ancelotti. He previously held the position between 1999 and 2000 under Gianluca Vialli.

Chelsea won the FA Cup in 2009 with Wilkins as assistant to Ancelotti and claimed the Premier League and FA Cup double last season.

Wilkins, a former England international midfielder, was also a Chelsea apprentice who made almost 200 appearances for the club. He went on to play for Manchester United and Queen's Park Rangers, as well as Italy's AC Milan and Scottish club Glasgow Rangers.

On Thursday, Chelsea promoted former Nigeria defender Michael Emenalo to be Wilkins' successor. The 42-year-old Emenalo had previously been in charge of scouting opposition teams.