Ex-Chelsea Boss Reveals How 2 Stars Got Him Fired Just 7 months after His appointment as Blues Manager

Ex-Chelsea Boss Reveals How 2 Stars Got Him Fired Just 7 months after His appointment as Blues Manager

Oluwatomiwa Babalola
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:42 PM
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- Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka played a part in my sack at Chelsea, says Luiz Felipe Scolari

- The 72-year-old only lasted seven months at Stamford Bridge after being appointed to replace Grant in 2008

- Both strikers had issues playing with each other and resulted in the manager being fired

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Luiz Felipe Scolari has recounted how Chelsea sacked him just seven months into the job owing to the bust-up between Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.

The 2002 FIFA World Cup-winning manager was appointed as a replacement for Avram Grant in 2008 but could not even last one season at Stamford Bridge.

Scolari, 72, recalled that the crisis started with Ivorian legend Drogba who was looking for the best way the club can help recover from surgery. The former Blues handler was quoted by SunSport:

"Chelsea had some problems with injuries, some problems in the team. I had a form of leadership that clashed with one or two players."

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Luiz Felipe Scolari reveals he was sacked by Chelsea after just seven months
Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka during one of Chelsea's training sessions in 2011. Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP
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Asked which members of the squad in particular, he confirmed:

"Anelka and Drogba. Our medical department thought that we should let Drogba go and recover in Cannes, in the middle of summer.
"I thought he should stay in London. I’d also like to go to Cannes in the middle of summer. I’d stay there for a month, two months, enjoying myself."

When Drogba returned, the Frenchman was already topping the league's scorers chart with 19 goals and the boss wanted to play both strikers in the starting XI - but Anelka was reluctant.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Super Eagles star Kenneth Omeruo has disclosed that Chelsea's ability to buy top players in the world made it difficult for him to break into the first team at Stamford Bridge.

No doubt about the fact that Chelsea are among the best teams in the Premier League considering their achievements most especially since when Roman Abramovich bought the Blues.

Omeruo joined the Stamford Bridge landlords during the 2012 transfer window after his impressive performances at Standard Liege which paved ways for to London.

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