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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Blackpool, Blues down; Ancelotti out


LONDON — Blackpool and Birmingham were relegated from the Premier League on Sunday, each missing a chance to remain in English soccer's top tier as Wigan scored late to avoid the same fate on the season's final day.

And two hours after the season ended, Carlo Ancelotti was fired as Chelsea manager's following a trophyless season, after he led the club to the Premier League and F.A. Cup titles in 2010. Ancelotti's replacement will be the seventh Chelsea manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club eight years ago.

"This season's performances have fallen short of expectations and the club feels the time is right to make this change ahead of next season's preparations," Chelsea said in a statement. "Chelsea's long-term football objectives and ambitions remain unchanged and we will now be concentrating all our efforts on identifying a new manager."

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