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Carlo Ancelotti Appointed New Chelsea Manager

1/6/2009
Former AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti has been unveiled as the new manager of Premier League club Chelsea after signing a three-year deal earlier this morning.

The 49-year-old Italian called time on an eight-year stint at Milan on Sunday after guiding the Rossoneri to a third-place finish in Serie A, facilitating his move to the UK where he will now take the over reigns from Guus Hiddink at Stamford Bridge.

Hiddink – who guided the London club to an FA cup victory against Everton during the weekend – had only been managing the Blues on a temporary basis and will now return to his post as the Russian international coach, with Ancelotti officially taking over management duties on 1 July.

A statement released on the Chelsea website explained: “Carlo was an outstanding candidate for the job. He has proved over a long period of time his ability to build teams that challenged for, and have been successful in, major domestic and European competitions.”

During his time at AC Milan, Ancelotti won the Champions League – a tournament that is widely acknowledged to be top of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s list of priorities – twice in 2003 and 2007 and secured the Serie A title in 2004. He has also enjoyed spells at Italian sides Reggina, Parma and Juventus and, during his playing career, won two league titles and two European cups with Milan.

Ancelotti will now become the fifth Chelsea manager in less than two years following Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Guus Hiddink.
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