Scolari says Drogba and Anelka caused his 2009 exit from Chelsea

Former Chelsea manager Luis Felipe Scolari has finally explained the rationale behind his sacking at Chelsea in 2009 after just seven months in charge of the Blues.

Chelsea fans were happy when the club’s chiefs hired World Cup wining coach Felipe Scolari as replacement for Avram Grant in 2008, but he only lasted for seven months in London.

New Chelsea Manager Luiz Felipe Scolari
Chelsea Manager Luiz Felipe Scolari attends a press conference at the Hilton Cobham hotel in Kent, south east England on July 8, 2008 Photo Credit: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

The 71-year-old has now explained, according to Daily Mail, that having issues with the likes of Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka made him lose the Chelsea job.

In his words, ”I had a form of leadership that clashed with two players who are Didier Drogba and Anelka…Our medical department thought that we should let Drogba go and recover [from surgery] in Cannes, in the middle of summer…I thought he should stay in London.

“I’d also like to go to Cannes in the middle of summer. I’d stay there for a month, two months, enjoying myself.

”When he came back, I tried to adapt so that Drogba and Anelka could play together…Anelka was the top scorer in the league.

“We had a meeting and Anelka said: ‘I only play in one position,”

Scolari said selfishness was the major problem he had at Chelsea. When the Brazilian first got to Stamford Bridge, he started well by leading Chelsea to 12-match unbeaten run.