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Ancelotti's managerial career almost ended before it started

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London, Sep 26(ANI): Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, who is relishing an astounding start to his career as the Blues' manager after winning six consecutive Premier League games, has revealed how he had a disastrous start to his managerial career in 1995, where he lost seven matches in a row.

"I started as a manager at Reggiana in 1995 and after seven games we were bottom of the Italian Second Division without a single win. I really thought I was going to get the sack. Our next game was against Venezia and I knew that it would be the end for me if we lost," The Sun quoted Ancelotti, as saying.

"I said I would do the job for two years and then finish as a coach. It was really difficult for me at the beginning and there was a lot of stress involved, especially during that poor start when we drew four games and lost three," he added.

Ancelotti also said that football frenzy in Italy is much worse than in England, and the pressure that a coach has to face from fans, the directors and media is maddening.

"In Italy, it is normal for a coach to think that every game could be his last when things don't go well. Only last week my friend Angelo Gregucci was sacked at Atalanta after four games. Fortunately at Reggiana, we won our next game, 3-0 against Venezia, and we went on to win promotion that season," he added.

The 50 year-old further said that at that point he could have never even dreamt of managing a club like Chelsea or winning the Champions League, but acknowledged that period was important for his career. It taught me not to lose trust in my qualities and to understand things will not always go well," Ancelotti said. (ANI)

Story first published: Saturday, September 26, 2009, 15:44 [IST]
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