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How the Scolari appointment unfolded

Luiz Felipe Scolari
Scolari has excelled as a shrewd international manager with Brazil and Portugal

Three weeks after sacking Avram Grant, Chelsea have chosen Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari as their new boss and he will start at Stamford Bridge on 1 July.

BBC Sport charts how the media tracked Chelsea's search and eventual appointment of the 59-year-old Brazilian.

WEDNESDAY 11 JUNE

Chelsea announce on their website that they have appointed Luiz Felipe Scolari as their new manager from 1 July. (2107 BST)

606: DEBATE
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty

Chelsea are set to receive a second snub from AC Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti, who they want as their new manager. (Daily Mirror)

But Portugal manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has hinted that he may be ready to 'live and work in another country', increasing speculation he could be about to join Chelsea. (Daily Mail)

TUESDAY 10 JUNE

Chelsea have agreed a deal with a new manager - whose identity is looking increasingly like Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari. (Daily Mail)

The club's Russian owner Roman Abramovich has enlisted the services of Vlado Lemic, a controversial Serbian agent who helped bring Brazil defender Alex to Stamford Bridge, to help in Chelsea's search for a new manager. (The Times)

Andriy Shevchenko has been acting as an 'adviser' to his close friend Roman Abramovich in the search for a new manager with his ex-boss at AC Milan Carlo Ancelotti top of his recommendations. (Daily Express)

Fenerbahce have parted company with coach Zico - freeing him up for a possible move to Chelsea. (Various)

MONDAY 9 JUNE
Chelsea chairman Roman Abramovich is to speak to Frank Rijkaard and Roberto Mancini on his yacht this week about becoming the Blues' next boss. (The Sun)

Abramovich has been in Switzerland watching Euro 2008 and is likely to turn to whichever coach excels at the tournament. (The Independent)

AC Milan are closing in on a 18m swoop for Chelsea striker Didier Drogba but have been told his Blues team-mate Andriy Shevchenko is not for sale. (Various)

But the Blues are holding out for 30m for Drogba and could use him as a makeweight in their bid to sign Milan midfielder Kaka or snare boss Carlo Ancelotti. (The Independent)

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon is in Italy but it is unclear whether he is brokering a deal for Drogba or trying to lure Kaka and Ancelotti to Stamford Bridge. (The Independent)

SUNDAY 8 JUNE

Carlo Ancelloti has said he would only leave AC Milan to coach Roma, the team he captained as a player. (1530 BST, Corriere dello Sport)

Chelsea have offered AC Milan a world record 'transfer fee' of 20m in an attempt to bring their manager Carlo Ancelotti to Stamford Bridge. (Sunday Express)

Luiz Felipe Scolari is the man Chelsea players want as their new manager after the Portugal boss received rave reviews from his international Chelsea stars Ricardo Carvalho and Paulo Ferreira. (News of the World)

AC Milan have responded dismissively to reports suggesting Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon had flown to Lombardy in an attempt to lure Carlo Ancelotti away from the San Siro.
"He is not talking to our coach because we said we would not release him," said Milan operations director Umberto Gandini.
"That I can guarantee 100%. We received a direct and open approach from Chelsea and told them no." (Sunday Telegraph)

Steve Clarke has been asked to stay on at Chelsea as the club prepare the ground for the appointment of a new manager. (Observer).

SATURDAY 7 JUNE

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon has flown to Italy in an attempt to convince AC Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti to move to Stamford Bridge for a stunning 8m-a-year contract. (Daily Mirror)

Luiz Felipe Scolari has not ruled out becoming the next Chelsea manager but will not discuss his future until after Portugal's Euro 2008 campaign has ended. (Various)

FRIDAY 6 JUNE
Chelsea have ended their interest in AC Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti, according to Rossoneri vice-president Adriano Galliani.

"Chelsea will announce their new coach soon but no, I will not tell you if he is Italian," said Galliani. (Press Association)

Roma have said Chelsea managerial target Luciano Spalletti "will continue to be the Roma coach next season". (Press Association)

Chelsea plan to interview Frank Rijkaard and Roberto Mancini next week although the Blues have not yet spoken directly to either coach. (The Sun)

Luiz Felipe Scolari has moved to the top of Chelsea's managerial hitlist after his agent had secret talks with chief executive Peter Kenyon. (Daily Express)

THURSDAY 5 JUNE

Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli is flattered at being linked with the Chelsea vacancy but says he has had no contact with the London outfit. (Press Association)

Roma manager Luciano Spalletti has joined fellow Italian Carlo Ancelotti in rejecting the chance to manage Chelsea. (Various)

Chelsea are not giving up in their chase for Ancelotti as they examine other options. (The Daily Mail)

WEDNESDAY 4 JUNE

Roma manager Luciano Spalletti is the latest name to be linked with the vacant manager's job at Chelsea after they missed out on Carlo Ancelotti and Mark Hughes. (Various)

Chelsea had offered AC Milan boss Ancelotti 24m to become their new manager. (Daily Mail)

However, a deal to bring the 48-year-old Italian to Stamford Bridge has not completely collapsed and Chelsea are still exploring a possible deal. (The Independent)

Another Italian, Fiorentina's Cesare Prandelli, is also being considered by the Blues. (Daily Express)

Dutchman Frank Rijkaard, Portugal manager Luiz Felipe Scolari and former Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini are all still in the frame. (Various)

TUESDAY 3 JUNE

Chelsea will continue their pursuit of AC Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti, despite the Italian side issuing a hands-off warning. (Daily Star)

Blackburn manager Mark Hughes has told Chelsea they have 48 hours to make his dream of becoming their new boss a reality or he will take the Manchester City job. (Daily Express)

But Chelsea have not given up their hope of appointing Hughes and could still hijack City's bid to appoint him. (Various)

England manager Fabio Capello has urged owner Roman Abramovich to appoint Luiz Felipe Scolari. (Various)

MONDAY 2 JUNE

Chelsea could miss out on one of their top targets, Blackburn boss Mark Hughes, after he was given permission to speak to Manchester City. (Various)

But Hughes would prefer to end up at Chelsea rather than replacing Sven-Goran Eriksson at Eastlands. (The Guardian)

Owner Roman Abramovich has stepped up his pursuit of Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, but again faces competition from Man City who have offered the Brazilian 3m-a-year to take over at Eastlands. (Daily Mirror)

Hughes, Scolari and former Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard make up Chelsea's three-man shortlist to replace Avram Grant. (Various)

The Blues intend to interview every candidate on their shortlist before making a decision, which means an announcement will not be made until after Euro 2008. Talk of a possible delay will open the door for Scolari to take over as he is reluctant to discuss the position until then because of his commitments with Portugal. (Daily Mail)

Russia's Dutch manager Guus Hiddink has ruled himself out of the running and has tipped Frank Rijkaard for the job. (Daily Star)

SUNDAY 1 JUNE

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes is in a straight fight with Portugal manager Luiz Felipe Scolari to succeed Avram Grant. (The People)

However, Frank Rijkaard and AC Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti are the two front-runners for the post, despite Chelsea being refused permission to speak to the Italian. (Mail on Sunday)

But Rijkaard has ruled himself out of the running saying he wants a break from football after his exit from Barcelona. (The People)

Axed assistant team coach Henk Ten Cate has hit out at owner Roman Abramovich saying he should have been given the manager's job at Stamford Bridge. (The People)

SATURDAY 31 MAY

Carlo Ancelotti is emerging as a leading choice to be Chelsea manager - to help the club's bid to sign Brazilian superstar Kaka, who is valued at around 50m. (Daily Star)

However, AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani insists Ancelotti will remain with the Rossoneri.

Galliani claims that Chelsea have made the Milan boss their number one choice, but he told Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport: "Ancelotti is very happy at Milan. Milan don't sell their players, let alone the coach.

"There are no offers. Ancelotti is Milan coach, and we are going to continue forward together." (PA Sport)

Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari claims Chelsea have made no contact with him over their managerial vacancy after being heavily linked with the club since the Avram Grant's departure.

The Brazilian is out of contract at the end of Euro 2008 but he insists he will make no decision about his future until after the championship.

"If I take a decision, I will tell my president. But I haven't made a decision yet. My only decision now is to work until after the European Championship." (PA Sport)

Chelsea are prepared to wait until after the European Championship to get their new manager. Two of the favourites for the post, Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and Russia boss Guus Hiddink, have both said they will not enter any potential discussions while busy with the respective national sides they manage. (Daily Express)

FRIDAY 30 MAY

Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho has told a Portuguese paper that Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari would be "a real plus" for the club. (Portugal's Record newspaper)

Carlo Ancelotti has been propelled to favourite to land the 6m-a-year manager's job at Stamford Bridge. Sources in Italy say owner Roman Abramovich has made the AC Milan boss his personal number one choice. (Daily Express)

But Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon would prefer to interview several candidates, with Blackburn manager Mark Hughes also a front runner. (Daily Express)

Another target, Roberto Mancini, faces a messy legal battle after his dismissal by Inter. The Italian manager refused to accept the Milan club's 4m severance package offer and will fight for more money. (The Guardian)

Ex-boss Avram Grant has admitted he thought he would be in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat for the full four years of his contract and has unleashed some revealing opinions about the club, prior to his short reign.

"The club is overshadowed with constant wars as part of its strategy. The coach fights with the owner through the papers, fights with other clubs and other managers." (The Sun)

THURSDAY 29 MAY

The Portuguese Football Federation want to make head coach Phil Scolari a new offer to stay on after Euro 2008 with vice president Amandio De Carvalho admitting: "I already know that Chelsea are interested in Scolari." (Press Association)

Roberto Mancini looks likely to take over at Chelsea with former Blues boss Jose Mourinho ready to replace the Italian at Inter Milan. (Various)

Mancini has told Chelsea he will not beg to become their new manager and wants them to approach him. (Daily Star)

Former Italy boss Marcello Lippi has ruled himself out of the running for the job. (The Sun)

Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is still in contention to take over at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Express)

Chelsea targeted Jurgen Klinsmann before discovering the German's deal to take over at Bayern Munich this summer is watertight. (The Guardian)

The Portuguese Football Federation believes Chelsea are keen to appoint Luiz Felipe Scolari, but they are determined to keep him on as Portugal coach. (The Independent)

Mancini is the favourite, followed by Blackburn boss Mark Hughes, Dutchman Frank Rijkaard, Scolari, ex-Chelsea midfielder Didier Deschamps and Eriksson. (Daily Telegraph)

The longer Chelsea delay an appointment, the more likely it is they will wait to discover the availability of a manager involved in Euro 2008, such as Scolari, Russia boss Guus Hiddink or Croatia's Slaven Bilic.

WEDNESDAY 28 MAY

Roberto Mancini has had no "official contact with Chelsea" over the vacant manager's job at Stamford Bridge according to his agent. (Press Association)

However, Mancini is believed to be high on Chelsea's shortlist after he left Inter Milan following a meeting with club president Massimo Moratti. (Press Association)

Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn is confident that manager Roy Keane will not leave the club to take over at Stamford Bridge after the former Manchester United captain was linked with the vacant manager's job. (Press Association)

Jurgen Klinsmann was the first name on Chelsea's wish-list but he told the club he could not break the contract he has signed with Bayern Munich. (Various)

Sven-Goran Eriksson will meet with Chelsea officials next week after getting the boot from Manchester City and he could team up with Roberto Mancini, who has been sacked by Inter Milan. (Daily Express)

606: DEBATE
Roman Abramovich met with AC Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti to get his opinion on who should be the next Chelsea manager. Michael Laudrup, Frank Rijkaard, Roberto Mancini and Mark Hughes are the four managers in the frame. (The Sun)

Chelsea's new manager will be the highest paid in world football on 6m-a-year and a 1m bonus for winning the Champions League. He will also be given 100m to spend on new players. (Daily Express)

The new man in charge will be given around 80m to spend on new players. (The Sun)

Avram Grant insists Chelsea would have won the Premier League if he had been in charge from the start of the season and not Jose Mourinho. (The Sun)

TUESDAY 27 MAY

Inter Milan are set to part company with coach Roberto Mancini who has been linked with the vacant position at Chelsea. (La Gazzetta dello Sport, 2000 BST)

Former Blues midfielder and ex-Juventus manager Didier Deschamps, who is currently without a club, claims he is on a four-man short-list to replace Grant. (Various)

Sunderland's Roy Keane has emerged as a shock contender for the Chelsea job. (Daily Express)

Zenit St Petersburg manager Dick Advocaat is the latest name to be linked with the vacant job after leading the Russian side to Uefa Cup glory. (The Times)

Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra is lining up Avram Grant as Sven-Goran Eriksson's successor at Eastlands. (The Sun)

The lawyer who represented Princess Diana in her divorce from Prince Charles has been appointed by Grant to negotiate his severance terms. (The Times, Daily Telegraph)

MONDAY 26 MAY

Jose Mourinho is prepared to return as Chelsea manager to succeed Avram Grant but only if he has complete control over football matters. (The Sun)

Mourinho also wants Chelsea's academy director Frank Arnesen to be sacked and wants to bring his old backroom staff back with him. (The Sun)

Mourinho has ruled himself out of a return to Chelsea because he wants the Inter Milan job, leaving Russia coach Guus Hiddink as the favourite. (The Guardian)

Hiddink's agent Cees van Nieuwenhuizen says the Dutchman will remain as Russia coach until the 2010 World Cup. (The Times)

Chelsea want a tough disciplinarian manager to replace Grant. (Various)

The Blues also want a boss who will discuss team tactics and player selection with club owner Roman Abramovich. (The Independent)

Chelsea have already spoken to former Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard about becoming their new boss. (Daily Star)

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes has the backing of Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon as the right man to be the next Chelsea boss. (Daily Telegraph)

The Blues could appoint Hughes and make Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola his assistant. (Daily Telegraph)

Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, Rijkaard, Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini and Hiddink are also in the frame. (Telegraph)

As are Getafe coach Michael Laudrup and Croatia boss Slaven Bilic. (Telegraph)

Scolari and Hiddink are top of Chelsea's shortlist. (Daily Mirror)

Hughes, Scolari, ex-Italy coach Marcello Lippi and a Sven-Goran Eriksson-Mancini combination are high on Chelsea's wish-list. (Daily Express)

Mancini and Lippi are not serious contenders for the Stamford Bridge job. (Daily Star)

Avram Grant rejected the chance to return to his former post as Chelsea's director of football for a huge pay rise. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea are in disarray because Grant refused his old job, forcing Abramovich to sack him and leaving the club desperate to find a new director of football. (Daily Express)

Grant pleaded to stay as manager during a two-and-a-half-hour meeting at Abramovich's mansion on Saturday. (The Sun)

Grant's meeting with Abramovich ended "in a drink, a smile and a joke". (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea will continue to pursue the players Grant wanted to sign this summer - and will pay up to 50m for Liverpool striker Fernando Torres. (Daily Mail)

Grant also wanted AC Milan midfielder Kaka and Chelsea could offer Didier Drogba, Ricardo Carvalho and cash to secure him. (Daily Mail)

Grant walked out of Chelsea with a pay-off "nearer 1m than 2m" (Daily Mirror), 5m (Daily Express, Daily Star), 5.2m (The Times) or, he is holding out for 7m. (Telegraph)

The consolation for Grant is that he will replace Eriksson as Manchester City manager (Daily Star), as Eriksson is set to become the new coach of Mexico. (Various)

SUNDAY 25 MAY

Avram Grant says he feels "completely betrayed" following his sacking as Chelsea boss. (News of the World)

"Even if Grant had won the Champions League I am not convinced if he would have remained in charge but after they lost I think there was only ever going to be one outcome," (Ron 'Chopper' Harris, PA Sport)

"After two titles per season for the last three years there were zero titles this season, which in my philosophy means a really bad season. Maybe in the philosophy of a loser this was a great season, which I respect." (Jose Mourinho in The Observer)

Sources close to Mourinho say he is likely to take over at Inter Milan rather than return to Chelsea this summer - but do not rule out him coming back to the Blues in the future. (The Observer)

Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard is the early favourite to become Chelsea's new boss after Grant's exit. (News of the World)

World Cup winning coach Marcello Lippi heads Chelsea's four-man shortlist for their new boss ahead of Guus Hiddink, Roberto Mancini and Rijkaard. (Sunday Mirror)

Blackburn manager Mark Hughes has emerged as a shock contender for the Chelsea job. (Sunday Express)

Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is also in the running for the Stamford Bridge post. (Mail on Sunday)

Eriksson could take a senior role above Inter Milan boss Mancini. (The Independent)

And Grant could make an immediate return to management by replacing Eriksson at City. (The Independent, The Sunday Times)

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

"Grant was little more than a stop-gap. He never really had the CV, never really had the experience, never really had the clout to fill the boots of Jose Mourinho." (5 Live football correspondent Jonathan Legard)

"It's a little harsh on Avram because he worked hard to keep the ship afloat but it was the big one, the Champions League - it was in Russia, Abramovich was there, and Grant lost it." (Ex-Chelsea player and manager John Hollins)

"It's very, very unfair particularly because of the success he did. You know, John Terry should have scored the penalty and Chelsea would have been champions of Europe and Avram would have stayed, so you can't blame Avram Grant because John Terry missed a penalty." (Avi Cohen, chairman of the Israeli Football Association and a friend of Grant)

"I think it's a terrible decision to make. The man's done an incredible job at Chelsea football club, following the great Mourinho. He hardly lost a game. He lost a game the other night on a penalty kick which could have gone the other way. I think it's disgraceful." (Former Chelsea manager Tommy Docherty)

"I think they need a change of managerial philosophy. I personally would go for Guus Hiddink but I can see Rijkaard coming in." (Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter)

"I think they will go foreign and Rijkaard will have a good chance. It would be nice to see a British man go in there but whoever comes in, they know it will be a sticky wicket with if you want every single decision you make." (Former Chelsea manager Glenn Hoddle)

"It's not a normal world at Chelsea; Roman Abramovich is one of the wealthiest men in the world and he wants to win trophies - he wants short-termism, he wants to win tomorrow." (Richard Bevan, League Managers Association)


see also
Scolari named as Chelsea manager
11 Jun 08 |  Chelsea
Ancelotti out of Chelsea running
03 Jun 08 |  Chelsea
Hiddink dismisses Blues job link
01 Jun 08 |  Chelsea
Chelsea refused Ancelotti talks
31 May 08 |  Chelsea
Ten Cate sacked as Chelsea coach
29 May 08 |  Chelsea
Grant sacked as Chelsea manager
24 May 08 |  Chelsea


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