Carlo Ancelotti today signed a three year contract to manage Chelsea F.C.
Ancelotti, who left AC Milan by mutual consent yesterday after eight years at the Rossineri, officially takes over the reigns on July 1st, when he will be 50.
The Italian was a midfielder throughout his career, he started his playing career at Parma, then in Serie C. After three seasons there he moved to Serie A outfit Roma in 1979, where he spent eight seasons, and captained them to the Serie A title in the 82/83 season,
From there, he went to AC Milan for a five year spell between ‘87 and 92, where his main honours were two European Cups and a Serie A title. For his country, Italy, he received 26 Caps.
Ancelotti began his managerial career at Reggiana, where he guided them to promotion from Serie B, he left at the end of that season for Parma. At Parma it was Ancelotti who, after playing him out of position and not seeing him as ideal to fit into his system of play, sold Gianfranco Zola to us. Ancelotti’s highlight at Parma was coming runners up in Serie A that season (96/97). After Parma he went to Juventus in 1999, who came fifth in his first season, after being runners up in the next two years he was there, he was given the boot.
As manager at The Rossineri, Ancelotti repeated the major silverware he picked up as a player for them, a Serie A title and two Champions Leagues,
The Italian has demonstrated at Milan that he is good at building a loyal and lasting team, with most of the starting XI being long term servants to the club.
Ancelotti is credited with changing Pirlo from being an attacking midfielder to a deep lying playmaker, it was also him that brought Kaka and Seedorf to the club. Ambrosini and Gattuso, captain and vice-captain respectively, both arrived before Ancelotti, and still ply their trade at the San Siro.
Defensively, Nesta and Kaladze were signed months before Ancelotti’s appointment, both are still at the club, Ancelotti’s defence usually consisted of Maldini, Nesta, Kaladze, and up until near the end of his career, Costacurta, who retired in 2007. Goalkeeper Dida is another long term servant to the club.
Ancelotti became the fourth person in a list now consisting of six people to have won the European Cup as both a player and a manager.
• Coppa Italia: 1979-80, 1980-81, 1983-84, 1985-86
• Serie A: 1982-83
• Serie A: 1987-88, 1991-92
• Italian Supercup: 1988
• European Cup: 1988-89, 1989-90
• UEFA Super Cup: 1989, 1990
• Intercontinental Cup: 1989, 1990
• Coppa Italia: 2002–03
• Serie A: 2003–04
• Italian Supercup: 2004
• UEFA Champions League: 2002–03, 2006–07
• UEFA Super Cup: 2003, 2007
• FIFA Club World Cup: 2007
Roman is rumoured to be a long time admirer of Ancelotti, he was allegedly contacted last season about replacing Avram Grant, but an agreement with A.C.Milan could not be reached for his services.
Due to the match fixing scandals, part of Ancelotti’s time at AC Milan is hard to judge by league titles, being docked eight points for their involvement hindered their title hopes for a season too.
Assistant Manager Ray Wilkins left A.C Milan in 1987 after three years there, this was the same year that Ancelotti joined the Rossineri.
Good luck Carlo, welcome to SW6 for what we hope is a long and successful stay.