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Summary: Chelsea are on the lookout for a new assistant manager following the sudden departure of Carlo Ancelotti's right-hand man Ray Wilkins.

Chelsea are on the lookout for a new assistant manager following the sudden departure of Carlo Ancelotti's right-hand man Ray Wilkins.

Club legend Wilkins was in the dugout for Wednesday night's win over Fulham but his long association with the Blues came to an abrupt end less than 24 hours later via a brief statement on the official website.

The announcement stated the club had opted not to renew Wilkins' contract and that he would leave the club immediately.

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay followed up with a brief tribute to the former club captain, adding: "On behalf of everyone at the club I would like to thank Ray for everything he has done for Chelsea Football Club.

"We all wish him well for the future."

The brevity of that gesture is notable given that only last month the Blues used their website to host a lengthy two-part homage to Wilkins' Chelsea career.

There was also little suggestion, in public at least, that Wilkins' time at Stamford Bridge was coming to an end.

In an interview dated October 29, the 54-year-old told www.chelseafc.com: "I think our league is fantastic and long may it continue. I still get excited about a game, like I did 37 years ago, and I will keep doing so."

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