Nov 18 2010 By Dan Levene
CHELSEA sources have revealed Ray Wilkins may have been fired as assistant manager following a boardroom snub to owner Roman Abramovich.
Wilkins, linked with Chelsea for 37 years before the club announced last week he would be leaving with immediate effect, is understood to have sailed close to the wind in a recent management meeting with a swipe at the Russian billionaire’s non-football background.
Querying a matter raised at the meeting, Wilkins is understood to have turned to Abramovich and chief executive Ron Gourlay and said: "Well, if you’d ever played the game you’d know otherwise..."
Wilkins, known for his affable banter, may not have intended any offence with the comment; however the comment was quickly followed by Chelsea sacking him from his £350,000 per year job.
Chelsea say Wilkins’ post was declared surplus to requirements following a consultation.
Meanwhile, the recruitment process continues for Wilkins’ successor, with an announcement expected sooner rather than later on which of the club’s internal candidates will take on the role.