Following the champions’ shock FA Cup exit on penalties to Everton, The Independent claims that ‘Ancelotti flies to
Copenhagen this morning with his Chelsea squad in the knowledge that defeat in Denmark could convince the club’s owner, Roman Abramovich, to change his manager before the end of the season.’
The paper claims that ‘The Chelsea hierarchy had intended to keep the Italian coach in place until the end of the season but after Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round elimination by Everton there is concern at whether Ancelotti is capable of bringing his team out of their slump.’
The Daily Mail is also reporting that Ancelotti’s position is now vulnerable and ‘it is not expected he will survive as Chelsea manager at the end of the season.’
‘Sportsmail understands Abramovich is not sure what to do about Ancelotti. Although the Italian won a domestic Double last season, there is a danger of ending the current campaign without a trophy and out of the Champions League places.’
For his part, it seems Ancelotti will not resign. When asked about the possibility, he said: “No, not me. I don’t have to consider my position. It is the owner that has to consider my position, not myself.”
The Mail claims that Ancelotti will be given an ‘escape route’ by Roma, after Claudio Ranieri offered his resignation. The final straw after a poor run of results for Roma was their game against Genoa, in which they were 3-0 up, only to lose 4-3.
“I am resigning. I have always thought the best for Roma,” said Ranieri.
Roma have not yet officially confirmed they have accepted his resignation.