CHELSEA midfielder Michael Ballack admits the club’s quest for glory has been hampered by its ruthlessness towards managers – but is confident current boss Carlo Ancelotti will steer them to silverware.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich has dispensed with four managers since Ballack arrived at Stamford Bridge three-and-a-half years ago – in which time they have failed to recapture the Premier League title. But Ancelotti has guided them to the top of the table since joining from AC Milan in the summer, and Germany star Ballack believes the Italian will last longer than his predecessors – and prove more successful.
“I’m part of a team that is ready to start winning the big prizes again and it feels like we now have a manager who will bring stability to the club,” said Ballack, whose side visit Hull tomorrow. “We have had too many coaches during my time at Chelsea and that is not a good idea if you want success. Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant and Luiz Felipe Scolari all came and went before Guus Hiddink had some time with us last season, but it feels like Carlo is here to stay and that has to be good news.
“This team has connected with Ancelotti and all the players believe he is a man who can work for us, which is a tribute to him because he has come into a dressing room full of highly experienced players who all have their own opinions and beliefs.”