Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager, just a day after the departure of Guus Hiddink.
The Italian succeeds Hiddink, whose short stint at Stamford Bridge ended after Saturday’s FA Cup final victory over Everton.
Ancelotti, who has long been linked with the Stamford Bridge post, left Milan by mutual consent on Sunday.
A statement on their official website read: ”Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce that Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to become our new manager. He has signed a three-year contract and will start on July 1, 2009.
”Carlo was the outstanding candidate for the job. He has proved over a long period his ability to build teams that challenged for, and have been successful in, major domestic and European competitions.
”He also had a highly successful playing career in those competitions and therefore brings unparalleled all round experience to the job.
”We are sure everybody at Chelsea will give him a warm welcome and we are all looking forward to working with him.”
Ancelotti, 49, twice won the Champions League, in 2003 and 2007, and the Serie A title in 2004 during his eight years in charge at Milan. He has previously coached at Reggiana, Parma and Juventus.
Ancelotti’s career in management
• 1995 – Offered his first coaching role at Reggiana 1919. In his only year with the club, he managed to secure promotion to Serie A.
• 1996 – Returns to Parma, where he began his playing career, and wins 1997 UEFA Cup.
• 1999 – Succeeds Marcello Lippi as coach of Juventus, but is unable to win a trophy, finishing runner-up twice in Serie A in his two year spell at the club.
• 2001 – Replaces the fired Fatih Terim at Milan. The rossoneri had not won a trophy since they claimed the Scudetto in 1999. The European giants had also fallen short in Europe since this championship win. In eight seasons with the club, Ancelotti won 1 League title, 2 Champions Leagues, 2 UEFA Super Cups, 1 Italian Cup, 1 Italian Supercup and 1 World Club Cup.
• 2009 – Joins Chelsea on a three-year deal, replacing interim manager, Guus Hiddink. Ancelotti will become the fourth manager at Stamford Bridge in 21 months, following Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Hiddink.