London: Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou is tipping ousted manager Carlo Ancelotti to bounce straight back into top-flight football.
Chelsea parted company with Ancelotti, who won the Premier League and FA Cup Double last season, just hours after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Everton following a disappointing second season with the Blues.
“The players respect him and love him for what he did for the club. We will feel sad because we had a great time with him and we won two trophies with him and that is a good memory which we will all have,” The Sun quoted Kalou, as saying.
“We wish for Carlo to have a good time wherever he’s going. We all know he’s a good manager and is going to bounce back,” he added.
The manager of the Turkish football team, Guus Hiddink, and Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho are among the early frontrunners to succeed Ancelotti at Stamford Bridge.
Hiddink, who won the FA Cup during a three-month spell as temporary Chelsea boss in 2009, is still in contact with Blues owner Roman Abramovich in an advisory role and is widely reported to be at the top of the Russian``s most wanted list.
Hiddink is currently under contract with Turkey until the end of their Euro 2012 campaign, but could be available after their next qualifier against Belgium on June 3.
Meanwhile, a return for Mourinho would certainly appeal to Chelsea supporters, who remember his successful regime when he revolutionized the club after arriving in 2004.