Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes AC Milan chief Carlo Ancelotti is the wrong man to take over at Stamford Bridge this summer. The 49-year-old Italian, who has won the Serie A title once and Champions League crown twice with Milan since taking over in 2001, appears set to swap the San Siro for West London at the end of the season after two disappointing seasons for the Rossoneri. Having failed to qualify for the European Cup last season, the Italian giants made an early exit from this year's UEFA Cup to eventual finalists Werder Bremen, as well as lagging behind city rivals Inter in the race for the Scudetto. And Cascarino, who made 40 league appearances for the Blues from 1992-94 - scoring eight times - believes Russian owner Roman Abramovich would be making a mistake appointing a man who has not lifted a trophy in two years. "I’m not sure this would be a wise appointment as managers are like transfers and even though they may have the best of CV’s and look spot on, you have no guarantees of success," he said. "Just look at [Luiz Felipe] Scolari if you need evidence of that. I’m not convinced by Ancelotti, he very publicly turned down Chelsea last summer and it’s not as if he will be leaving AC Milan in the best of health. "Ancelotti may have decided that his time was up in Milan as the club’s future is not too bright, but he will inherit the same problems at Chelsea that he had at AC. He will take on a group of players that are ageing fast similar to the likes of Seedorf, Pirlo, Inzaghi, Maldini and co that he’s leaving behind." And the former Republic of Ireland international concurs with the majority of the club's supporters, in that Chelsea already have the right man for the job in Guus Hiddink, and should do everything in their power to convince him to stick around. "Hiddink leaving Stamford Bridge this summer will be a big blow for the club as he’s proven himself to be perfectly suited to the role," he said. "The Dutchman has regrouped the players and got much more out of them than Scolari was able to. He has got Didier Drogba playing again and proved he is a very good coach with an added bonus of being able to speak excellent English. "He has been very close to success on all fronts and still has the FA Cup final to come. Hiddink seems to tick all the right boxes and would have been perfect in addressing Chelsea as a long-term project." Tony Cascarino is a pundit for The New Football Pools who is offering anyone who plays Premier 10 the chance to get two out of their 10 predictions wrong and still win a cash prize. This means players are 10 times more likely to win a prize than ever before! To play Premier 10 visit www.footballpools.com NEWS: Milan: Ancelotti answers due on Monday CHELSEA FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Kerry Dixon, Guus Hiddink One on One Gianfranco Zola, Nicolas Anelka Boy's A Bit Special Michael Mancienne, Scott Sinclair Perfect XI Ruud Gullit, Marcel Desailly Celebrity fans Vidal Sassoon And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Ruud Gullit on Weekend Wonders and Chelsea on Talentspotter
21 May 2009
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