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This is so sudden. How does a contrct run out in the middle of a season? Such a shame this, Butch is Chelsea through and through.

Thanks for everything, Butch, wish you all the best in everything you do. blue%20scalf.gif

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So sad about this, absolutely love ray ray. All the best for him in the future, maybe a managers role in the offing. Probably be replaced by Maldini or someone. Can't help but feel this was always Ancelotti's intention once his English had reached a sufficient level. Very unfortunate and sad.

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Steve Clark would be the only real improvement after letting WIlkins go....

That is really sad, Ray is a humble and down to earth typ of guy, just what we needed !

He stepped in when things were going crumble, and he helped Carlo setteling in to achieve what we recently achieved.

Sad day, really.

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Been out all day and heard it in the car on the way home. I'm very surprised to say the least. There's bound to be more to it than a contract dispute. David has mentioned that there was an apparent "incident" last night and more will be revealed in the press tomorrow. That would make more sense.

Its a shame tbh, as behind every successful club there is a successful backroom staff and Wilkins was one of the resons we've changed our image to other supporters. We're no longer as hated as we once were imo and he's been a massive part of that. He always talked sense and was very likeable when interviewed.

All the best Ray, I wish you all the best in what ever you do in the future :clap:

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There must've been a bust up.. Wilkins-Abramovich most likely. Not to renew his contract is one thing, but to send him off 'effective immediately' indicates, something has happened. Hopefully Carlo comes out and explains.

Still shocked. I wonder if Paul Clement is in line for a promotion now.

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According to ESPN..

Wilkins told ESPNsoccernet that he is not prepared to comment but said that he has no idea why the club kicked him out of the door with such haste.

The mild-mannered Wilkins was in no mood to discuss an issue that has left him completely in the dark, although rumours are spreading like wildfire about the reasons behind his surprise departure.

One of the biggest rumours is that the club believe they acted in their best interests by sacking Wilkins, and had good cause to do so.

According to Chelsea insiders, Wilkins was sat with Ancelotti in the Cobham stand by the touchline watching the reserves, and took a call from chief executive Ron Gourlay at half-time.

It is suggested that Carlo Ancelotti was powerless to intervene to prevent the axing of his assistant manager, for whom he had such deep admiration and to whom he gave due credit following Chelsea's Double success last season

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SHOCKED to say the least, seems this has come out of nowhere hope this doesn't lead to further problems. All the best to Ray and thanks to him for the fantastic job he did.

Zola or Clarke to replace please!

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The only thing I could say was :o What is the reason? I thought the relationship with Carlo and players was more than just good. This is really really shocking. Best of luck on the future Ray, and sorry :(

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I'm shocked at this!! I really am. The person that Ray Wilkins is, someone who steers everyone... for him to be leaving is a big shock, and one I'm not happy about... for me, argueably one big mistake Gourlay has made.

Good luck Ray :(

...maybe this paves the way for Zola?? Him and Carlo get along well together so it's a match made in heaven

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I'm shocked at this!! I really am. The person that Ray Wilkins is, someone who steers everyone... for him to be leaving is a big shock, and one I'm not happy about... for me, argueably one big mistake Gourlay has made.

Good luck Ray :(

...maybe this paves the way for Zola?? Him and Carlo get along well together so it's a match made in heaven

Are you sure that Zola wants to work with a man who kicked him out of Parma?

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