On this day in 2011: Chelsea fire coach Carlo Ancelotti

Chelsea sacked manager Carlo Ancelotti after failing to deliver any trophies in the 2010/11 season on this day in 2011.

After taking over in July 2009, the Italian enjoyed a successful first season at Stamford Bridge, claiming a Premier League title and an FA Cup triumph.

But loyalty to coaches was not one of former owner Roman Abramovich’s main characteristics and after Ancelotti’s team finished second, nine points behind champions Manchester United (and was knocked out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals) , the Russian quickly let him go.

Abramovich had racked up millions and millions in the Chelsea squad, including the ¬£50m signing of Fernando Torres in January, so he had a right to be unhappy with his club’s season.

The Russian has had no problem firing managers in the past, and Jose Mourinho was quickly sacked four months after delivering back-to-back trophies.

But there was something especially cruel about Ancellotti’s dismissal.

Following a 1-0 defeat to Everton on the final day of the season, Ancelotti had just given his post-match press conference when it was reported that he was taken aside in the corridor at Goodison by then-chief executive Ron Gourlay. Park and handed him the news.

Chelsea thought they had landed the next Mourinho by bringing in André Villas-Boas from Porto.

Hailed as a promising star, it was difficult for the Portuguese to emerge from Mourinho’s shadow and he only lasted 40 games, sacked in March as the club languished in the Premier League.

Ancelotti’s reputation was not affected by his dismissal, as demonstrated by his next three jobs at Paris St Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

The Italian returned to the Premier League in 2019 when, ironically, he joined Everton, where he was sacked eight years earlier.

Since then, Ancelotti has won the Champions League with Real Madrid twice, first in the 2013-14 season before returning to the club to win the crown in 2021-22 and currently has the chance to add a third when they face the Borussia. Dortmund at Wembley on June 1.