Chelsea legend Ray Wilkins was recently unceremoniously dumped from his job on the coaching staff, apparently with little warning from the club. Unsurprisingly the former Blues midfielder is less than happy with losing a position thought to be worth £350,000 a year, and is taking legal advice regarding his next course of action.
Wilkins was sacked on 11 November, after which Chelsea announced that Michael Emenalo had been promoted into Wilkin’s former role. Carlo Ancelotti has said that Emenalo won’t be taking training sessions with the first team, and rumours have been circulating that he was only sacked because he didn’t get on with director of football Frank Arnesen. Wilkins is currently talking to the League Managers Association.
‘I am very disappointed that the board decided that I had no further contribution to make at Chelsea Football Club which has played such a huge part in my life,’ he said in a statement released by the League Managers Association. ‘Since rejoining the club, I am extremely proud to have assisted in Chelsea's recent successes.
‘I enjoyed a fantastic relationship with the staff, players and the supporters and I now wish them all the very best for the future. The LMA's legal advisors are assisting me in obtaining answers to a number of questions arising from my undoubtedly unfair dismissal, and all efforts are being made to reach an amicable solution. I therefore will be making no further comment at this stage.’