Scolari named as Chelsea manager

12Jun08

Chelsea have named Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari as their new manager in succession to Avram Grant. Scolari, who is currently in charge of the Portuguese side at Euro 2008, will take over at Stamford Bridge on 1 July. “He is one of the world’s top coaches with a record of success at country and club level,” read a Chelsea statement. Scolari won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil and led Portugal to the final of Euro 2004, and has also won nine domestic trophies in Brazil. The Brazilian becomes the fourth manager during owner Roman Abramovich’s reign following the departures of Claudio Ranieri, Jose Mourinho and Grant. The latter only lasted eight months, despite guiding Chelsea to second place in the Premier League and to their first Champions League final last season. AC Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti, new Manchester City boss Mark Hughes and former Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini had been in the running for the job but the appointment ends weeks of speculation after Grant was sacked towards the end of May.

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