Premier League - Wilkins takes legal advice
Sat, 20 Nov 09:26:00 2010
Ray Wilkins has claimed he was the victim of "undoubtedly unfair dismissal" from Chelsea and is taking legal advice in an attempt to reach "an amicable solution".
Wilkins abruptly left his role of first-team coach with the Premier League champions last week after being told his contract would not be renewed.
The questions over what happened behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge will now only intensify as Wilkins spoke for the first time since his departure from the club.
"I am very disappointed that the board decided that I had no further contribution to make at Chelsea Football Club which has played such a huge part in my life," said Wilkins in the statement released by the League Managers Association.
"Since rejoining the club, I am extremely proud to have assisted in Chelsea's recent successes.
"I enjoyed a fantastic relationship with the staff, players and the supporters and I now wish them all the very best for the future.
"The LMA's legal advisors are assisting me in obtaining answers to a number of questions arising from my undoubtedly unfair dismissal, and all efforts are being made to reach an amicable solution.
"I therefore will be making no further comment at this stage."
He returned to the club's coaching staff in 2008 under former manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, and worked as assistant to Dutchman Guus Hiddink during his short reign, continuing that role when Ancelotti became manager.
Wilkins helped lead Chelsea to last season's Premier League and FA Cup double in partnership with the Italian.