Many expect Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti to lose that position come the end of the season after the Blues were eliminated from the Champions League at Manchester United on Tuesday. The club released a statement after the game saying it would be business as usual at Stamford Bridge, suggesting he wouldn't be sacked immediately.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is believed to be considering an upheaval at the club with changes to both the players and the management. However, despite the intense speculation surrounding his future, Ancelotti has claimed that it would not be a problem if Chelsea sacked him at the end of the season.
The Italian led the Blues to a Premiership and FA Cup double in his first year at the club, but a trophy-less season is not known to go well with the trigger-happy Abramovich. With no realistic hope of winning anything this term, as Manchester United and Arsenal have far better prospects of taking the title, this could be Ancelotti's last season at the club.
I don't know what my future is, he said. At the end of the season, I think the club can decide if they want me to continue or if they want to change. If they are not happy, they can change without problem. This is not a problem for me.
Though rumors suggest Abramovich is planning a revolution, Ancelotti feels the issue is best discussed at the end of the season.
It's not the moment to find guilt. It's a moment to stay focused on the next game, do our best, and look to the end of the season, he said. We can judge at the end what was wrong and what was good.
To speak now about which kind of change the club wants to do for next season, about a new transfer or my future, is not the right time. Every one of us has to try to do the best for the last seven games. After that, in the summer, we can speak about this, but to speak now is not the right time.
When Ancelotti, who came to Chelsea after eight long years at the helm of AC Milan where he won two Champions League titles, was queried about managerial stability, he said, I came from a country that they don't think that continuity is the right thing. I stayed eight years at Milan. It was good.
The most important thing for a club, and for a manager, is to have a good relationship with the club, the owner. When this relationship is not good, you have to change. Until now, the relationship with the owner is fantastic. He has supported me this season when we didn't achieve important results.
If, at the end of the season, the owner decides my job was not good enough, this is not a problem. I will try to do my best, because I want to stay here. If there is a possibility to do that, I will be happy.