Carlo Ancelotti yesterday appeared all but resigned to his fate as Chelsea manager after insisting it would “not be a problem” if club owner Roman Abramovich sacked him.
Ancelotti (pictured) looks a dead man walking at Stamford Bridge after overseeing what is set to be the club's worst season since Abramovich's takeover almost eight years ago.
Speculation has already moved on to the identity of the Italian's replacement, with the likes of Guus Hiddink, Frank Rijkaard, Andre Villas Boas and Marcello Lippi all linked with the job.
An extremely dignified Ancelotti yesterday insisted he had yet to discuss his future with Abramovich and was focusing on helping third-placed Chelsea finish as high as possible in the Barclays Premier League.
But he added: “The club can decide if I have to continue here or they want to change.
“This is not a problem. The club has the possibility to judge my job.
“If they are not happy, they can change without problem.”
Confirming he had only briefly spoken to Abramovich after the Champions League exit at Manchester United, he said: “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.”
Chelsea take their Champions League hangover to West Brom today.