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Blues unveil Ancelotti as new coach

ITALIAN Carlo Ancelotti was appointed as the new manager of English Premier League Chelsea yesterday, becoming the club's fifth manager in less than two years.

Ancelotti, 49, who announced his departure as coach of AC Milan on Sunday, has signed a three-year contract and will start on July 1, the club said in a statement.

"Carlo was the outstanding candidate for the job. He has proved over a long period his ability to build teams that challenged for, and have been successful in, major domestic and European competitions," the statement read. "We are sure everybody at Chelsea will give him a warm welcome and we are all looking forward to working with him."

Ancelotti had great success as a player and coach with Milan, winning two Champions Leagues and a Serie A title during his eight years in charge at the San Siro.

Guus Hiddink had taken the role of temporary Chelsea coach after the dismissal of Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari in February.

Hiddink, Russia's national team coach, completed his three-month stint at Stamford Bridge by winning the FA Cup on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Everton.

"They've (Chelsea) had too many changes and they recognize that," Hiddink said after the Wembley win. "Stability is needed now."

The Blues had that under Jose Mourinho but after his surprise departure in September 2007, the stability and the trophies dried up.

Israeli Avram Grant took them to within a missed John Terry penalty of Champions League glory in Moscow and also to a Premier League runners-up spot but left soon after.

Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich's desperate need for another big-name appointment led to Scolari but the Brazilian World Cup winner left after Chelsea's assault on the Premier League title was seemingly fizzling out.

Dutchman Hiddink revived Chelsea and it finished third in the Premier League, reaching the semifinals of the Champions League before its FA Cup success.

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Ancelotti becomes Chelsea's third Italian manager following Gianluca Vialli, who coached the club from 1998-2000, and Claudio Ranieri who was there from 2000 to 2004.

He is well used to working for demanding owners and working for Abramovich will differ little from having flamboyant Italian Prime Minister and Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi as a boss.

"There will be the same pressure because Chelsea and Milan are great teams in Europe and they want to win all the competitions, so I think there will be the same pressure," Ancelotti told Chelsea TV.

Elsewhere, Villarreal has reached an agreement that will allow coach Manuel Pellegrini to take over at Real Madrid, reports said yesterday.

Club manager Jose Manuel Llaneza told the national news agency Efe that contacts were made and "as is logical between two clubs that get on, an agreement was reached."

Pellegrini would replace Juande Ramos, who took over at Real in midseason after Bernd Schuster was fired.

On Saturday, the Chilean said he had not had any contact with Real over a potential move to the club.


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