Carlo wants Blues stay

CARLO ANCELOTTI admitted he did not know whether he was waving farewell to the Chelsea supporters as he joined his players on a lap of honour following the Blues’ final home game of the season but expressed his confidence he will remain at Stamford Bridge.

The manager will discover whether he will be given the chance to see out the remaining year of his contract after the campaign has been concluded with next Sunday’s trip to Everton.

The club hierarchy is believed to be reviewing the claims of a number of candidates to succeed the Italian but Ancelotti insists it is by no means certain he will go.

“I think so. I think so,” said the manager when asked if he thought he will still be at the club at the start of next season. “It is the club that has to take a decision and judge my job. If my job was good, I will stay. If they think it was not good, I will have to go.’’

Asked about the experience of waving to the club’s supporters, he said: “First of all I want to say thanks to our supporters. Today, also, they gave me fantastic support. For all this season, even when the moment was not so good, they stayed close to the team and to the players. My emotion? I don’t know what happens and I want to wait. After that I can explain.”

Ancelotti admitted his frustration at seeing his side denied victory by Steven Taylor’s added time equaliser. “We are disappointed because we are very close to winning this game,” he said.


Liz O’Brien talks to Niall Breslin about his admiration for frontline staff, bereavement in lockdown, his new podcast, and why it's so important for us all just to slow down.Niall Breslin talks about losing his uncle to coronavirus

Podcasts are often seen as a male domain — see the joke, 'What do you call two white men talking? A podcast'.Podcast corner: Three new podcasts from Irish women that you should listen to

Esther McCarthy previews some of the Fleadh’s Irish and international offerings.How to attend the Galway Film Fleadh from the comfort of your own couch

Whether you’re on staycation or risking a trip away, Marjorie Brennan offers suggestions on novels for a wide variety of tastesThe best fiction books for the beach and beyond this summer

More From The Irish Examiner