Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Nearly 7 years ago, he was on top of the world, having guided Brazil to a record 5th. World Cup Title, by beating Germany 2 – 0 at the 2002 World Cup Final in Yokohama, Japan.
But it was not smooth sailing all the way for Luiz Felipe Scolari.
The 60 year old Brazilian coach was dismissed by Chelsea today after just 7 months in the Stamford Bridge hot- seat.
Scolari paid the price for a season in which Chelsea have dropped 16 home points, were bundled out of the Carling Cup by championship side Burnley and slipped to 4th in the Barclays English Premier League.
His last match as Chelsea coach was a goalless against Hull, last Saturday.
Despite boasting among the biggest names and best players in world football - Didier Drogba, Nikolas Anelka, Frank Lampard, John Terry and Michael Ballack, Scolari seemed unable to get the best out of his squad.
Scolari is the 3rd coach to be dismissed by Chelsea in a space of less than 2 years after Jose Mourino and Avram Grant.
Mourinho who left in 2007 was the most successful manager in Chelsea's history having won 5 trophies for the club in 3 years including 2 English Premier Leauge titles in 2005 and 2006.
Under his guidance, Chelsea was also undefeated in all home league games.
Mourinho moved to Inter Milan last year and won the Italian Super Cup recently.
Former Italy striker Gianfranco Zola is one of the favourites as the new coach / manager at Chelsea.