Ashley Cole Clarifies His Comments On Carlo Ancelotti

Former England international Ashley Cole has clarified his comments about Carlo Ancelotti after he appeared to sound critical about his former Chelsea manager. The left-back won four Premier League titles during his time at Stamford Bridge, and one of them came under the guidance of Ancelotti during the 2009/10 season.

Speaking on BT Sport, Cole suggested that Ancelotti would normally not go much into coaching, and this suited his style of play, he said: “Ancelotti was my kind of manager. You don’t need much coaching. Just go out and play.” His comments thereafter brought plenty of stick via social media, and he went on to clarify that he was only saying it in a positive sense, he tweeted: “No, no, no,my comments about Carlo Ancelotti you guys are not understanding, do you really think he has no tactical ideas? He has won everything, I was saying he was the best for me because he knows how to get the best out of a team and players please understand.”

Ancelotti has been out-of-work since his dismissal from the Bayern Munich job in September 2017, but he has already been tipped to return to management with one of Chelsea or Arsenal. The Blues were initially said to be leading the race, but owner Roman Abramovich appears leaning towards a move for Luis Enrique to replace Antonio Conte at the helm.

Meanwhile, the Gunners are still undecided over the future of Wenger, and reports suggest that a final decision could be made during the summer. The long-standing manager has the task of guiding the club to Europa League glory this term, and the failure to do so, could end the Frenchman’s stay amid the vast pressure from the club’s supporters. Aside from the London pair, Paris Saint-Germain have been touted as another possible destination with Unai Emery potentially facing the sack in two months’ time.