Carlo Ancelotti will accept Chelsea fate
Carlo Ancelotti today insisted he would shed no tears if he is sacked by Chelsea after Sunday's final Barclays Premier League game of the season at Everton.
The Italian confirmed this afternoon that a meeting would be scheduled next week during which he looks set to lose his job.
Manager Ancelotti continued to maintain he had no idea whether he would be given the sack but that he would have no problem if he was.
He said: "The club have to judge my job - be objective.
"If they decide to change, it's not a problem.
"You won't see me crying or doing something. I will accept the decision of the club and find another 'solution'."
Ancelotti's week could not have been more different to this time last year, which included an open-top bus ride to celebrate the club's first ever double success and saw the Italian take to the mic for a rendition of "Volare".
Ancelotti admitted he never imagined he would find himself in the firing line 12 months later after overseeing Chelsea's worst season of the Roman Abramovich era.
"No, but this is football," he said.
"I'm not surprised about this.
"When I started my experience here in England, if someone had told me that we would win the FA Cup and the Premier League in two years, I'd have been happy.
"In these two years, I have to be happy because the team, last year, was fantastic.
"This year was not so good. But we can learn from this experience to do better next season."
Despite suffering such a dramatic reversal of fortune, Ancelotti insisted he was still able to enjoy the campaign.
"I am happy when I work, and so I have enjoyed this season," he said.
"I trained for 15 years in this work and, sometimes, I was able to win. Other times, I was not able to win.
"But every time I was happy at the end of the season because I'd worked.
"Sometimes I'd worked well, other times I'd made mistakes. But this is my work. I want to stay and maintain my work."
After failing to win a trophy, that is highly unlikely to happen, with Abramovich having sacked the previous two managers who did likewise.
Ancelotti was brought in partly because of his reputation as a Champions League specialist, with Abramovich craving success in that competition more than any other.
Despite nearly masterminding the greatest comeback in Premier League title history, Ancelotti's fate was arguably sealed when Chelsea failed to reach the Champions League semi-final for a second successive season.
The Italian hinted at the significance of that defeat when he revealed his best and worst memories of his time in charge.
"The best memory was the (Premier League) victory against Manchester United (last season), and the worst the defeat against them in the Champions League."
If this is to be the end, Ancelotti has learned plenty from his two years in English football.
"I think every time, every experience, it's important to learn and improve your experience, your knowledge," the former AC Milan and Juventus boss said.
"This season was nothing special. We had problems, as we had a lot of times in my career.
"We were not able to win the league as we did last year, but we didn't play at our best.
"But we're still in a good position - we were able to reach second place."
Despite appearing to be a lame duck manager in charge of a team which has nothing to play for on Sunday, Ancelotti urged his players to end the season with a flourish.
"On Sunday, we want to play at our best," he said.
"It will not be easy because the last week of training when obviously there are not a lot of aims to reach, it's not easy to maintain concentration and stay focused.
"But we want to try our best against Everton and finish the season well."
And the Italian was adamant that whoever was in charge in August would have a squad capable of winning the big prizes once again.
"I think this team, to maintain their position at the top, doesn't need to spend a lot of money," he said.
"We spent a lot in January on (Fernando) Torres and (David) Luiz, and Ramires last summer.
"We won't need a lot of changes to stay at the top."
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