Having looked resigned to his fate as he waved goodbye to Stamford Bridge during his penultimate game in charge, Carlo Ancelotti was left smarting as only an hour after he spoke to the media of the need to consider the club and his future, the Italian was given his marching orders.
And so now Chelsea have been launched into a tailspin as they scramble for a manager willing to put his head above the parapet, achieve success and still be given the heave ho.
Ancelotti’s sacking just twelve months after winning the double for Chelsea set a dangerous precedent as owner Roman Abramovich’s ruthless pursuit of the Champions League leaves some of Europe’s finest managers in its wake.
According to media reports that Turkey manager Guus Hiddink is the next man to put his reputation and life on the line.
The Dutchman, who had a brief spell in charge of the Blues, has carved himself a reputation as one of the finest managers in the game with his ability to turn water to wine and the likes of South Korea and Russia into formidable opponents in the world game.
Having won the FA Cup in 2009 during his brief spell at Stamford Bridge, Hiddink is somewhat of a blue eyed boy around West London, and would be a popular choice with the Chelsea faithful.
But what if he were to fail? The millions Abramovich has ploughed into the club demand an instant return of the highest order – nothing short of winning the Champions League will do.
Abramovich has backed Chelsea into a corner whereby the ridiculous scenario of a manager having 12 months to win the greatest club prize on offer, or else suffer the consequences – what hope is there of consistency and continuity?
They will have no option to come done as hardly on Hiddink as they did Ancelotti if he is to take the job and not deliver, putting the club back to square one.
Scolari, Mourinho, and now Ancelotti have all come undone, and now Hiddink looks likely to be the next man to run the gauntlet. These are some of the finest managers available and they have been able to satisfy the needs of the owners -The time may have come to realise it is not the manager’s fault, but it is the owners who must take a long hard look in the mirror.