2 Jun 2009

Ancelotti takes over at Stamford Bridge

11:27 am on 2 June 2009

The former AC Milan football coach Carlo Ancelotti has been appointed Chelsea manager on a three-year deal.

The 49-year-old Italian left the Rossoneri on Monday after guiding them to a third-place finish in Serie A.

He will officially take over on July 1st and replaces Russia coach Guus Hiddink, who ended his temporary stint as Blues manager with an FA Cup triumph on Sunday.

Ancelotti, whose English is limited, spent eight seasons at Milan and becomes the club's fifth manager in 21 months following Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Hiddink.

Ancelotti released an autobiography last week in which he described a meeting with Roman Abramovich following the sacking of Grant, with the Chelsea owner telling Ancelotti he wanted a team with more "personality".

Since agreeing to the switch, Ancelotti has revealed the attraction of the Premier League was behind his decision.

During his time at Milan, Ancelotti twice won the Champions League, in 2003 and 2007, as well as the Serie A title in 2004 and believes he is the man to deliver Chelsea their elusive first Champions League title.