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Ex-Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins resolves dispute with club

Ray Wilkins
Former England midfielder Wilkins (left) started his playing career at Chelsea

Ray Wilkins has "amicably resolved" his dispute with the Blues which related to his departure as assistant manager.

Wilkins left in November after Chelsea revealed they would not be renewing his contract and the ex-England midfielder said he was taking legal advice.

But the League Managers Association has confirmed the two parties have reached an agreement.

"I'd like to thank the club and the LMA for ensuring a swift and harmonious conclusion," said Wilkins, 54.

"It has obviously been a big wrench leaving such an illustrious club and one which has played such a huge role in my playing and coaching career.

"I have great affection for the club, the staff, the players and its supporters and wish them all the very best for the remainder of this season and the future."


Wilkins' exit from Stamford Bridge came out of the blue, with Chelsea's head opposition scout Michael Emenalo taking over the job as assistant first-team coach.

Wilkins, who spent six years as a player at Chelsea and returned to the club in September 2008, initially under ex-boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, had said he would take legal advice over his "undoubtedly unfair dismissal".

He helped them win their first Premier League and FA Cup Double last season, and enjoyed a close working relationship with manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay paid tribute to Wilkins when they confirmed the matter had been resolved on their website on Wednesday.

"I am pleased to announce that we have come to a swift and amicable agreement with Ray Wilkins and all unresolved matters have now been settled," said Gourlay.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ray for his service to the club and wish him all the best for the future."

LMA chief Richard Bevan said Wilkins' focus would now turn to getting back into football in some capacity.

"All parties are delighted that an agreement has been reached in a cordial and professional manner," said Bevan. "I am sure that a manager of Ray's experience will be back involved in a managerial or coaching capacity soon."

Chelsea lost their first two games after Wilkins' exit, with back-to-back defeats in the Premier League at the hands of Sunderland and Birmingham.

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