Advertisement Comment Advertisement Ashley Cole names Carlo Ancelotti as favourite manager he played under ahead of Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho Cole played under Ancelotti for three seasons (Picture: Getty Images) ‘My favourite manager that I’ve played under, I would say is Carlo Ancelotti,’ the former England left-back told 90min.‘I played under some great ones, they were all different and I loved them for different reasons, but I just felt that with Carlo Ancelotti, I had a really, really good bond with him.‘Of course I admired him, he was a legend as a player and then of course what he achieved as a manager. Then he came to Chelsea and he was just that man manager that everyone seemed to love, whether you were playing or not.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He was capable of putting that arm around you when needed – not just about football stuff, if you’re struggling off the field, he was very understanding which as players you want.‘You see that human side in people, it’s not all about football, so for me he was my favourite, and tactically at times he was a genius.‘He had that understanding whether to go into in-depth tactics or to trust the players to go out and deliver what he says in the team meeting.’MORE: Willian backs Arsenal team-mate Gabriel Martinelli to become one of the Premier League’s bestMORE: David Alaba could join Chelsea or Manchester United in next fortnight after rejecting new Bayern Munich dealFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 19 Aug 2020 12:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link518Shares Cole is now an academy coach at Chelsea (Picture: Getty Images)Ashley Cole has revealed former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is his favourite manager he played under, snubbing Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho.The former England international enjoyed an illustrious career, in which he established himself as one of the greatest left-backs to grace the Premier League.Cole started out at Arsenal’s academy and was given his first major opportunity by Gunners icon Wenger.During his time at Highbury, the defender won two league titles and three FA Cups, playing a pivotal role in their infamous Invincibles season.ADVERTISEMENTThe left-back then secured a controversial move away to London rivals Chelsea, linking up with Mourinho for one season before he parted ways with the club in 2007, and again when the Portuguese boss returned to Stamford Bridge in 2013.AdvertisementAdvertisementCole also played under Ancelotti for two years – winning the Premier League and FA Cup Double in the 2009-10 season – and admitted his bond with the veteran Italian coach makes him his first choice.
By Elroy StephneyFORMER Essequibo inter-county wicket-keeper/batsman Asif Akbar believes that there is urgent need for the establishment of a rehabilitation centre to protect athletes.Akbar was regarded as one of the finest wicketkeepers to have emerged from the county and who enjoyed a satisfying career representing Essequibo.He also played for local teams including Lima United and Anna Regina Sports Club in first division matches.Akbar remains an avid reader and has sought to become a mentor for emerging sportsmen in the Region. According to Akbar who spoke with Chronicle Sport, “It is evident that the country is losing its promising athletes because of drug and alcohol abuse.”He cited instances where many national and international sportsmen have become drug addicts, some after they have retired.When juxtaposed, he claimed that in the present circumstances the youths are now falling prey even before their careers have developed.It is his view therefore that there should be a national intervention in establishing a centre that will seek to help our sportsmen in responsibly dealing with the dangerous phenomenon and preserve the rich talent of the small population.Akbar further reasoned that in Essequibo, it is quite a challenge because there are limited opportunities for the athletes.As a result, he claimed that the easiest resort is to indulge in drug and alcohol consumption. “Athletes have no proper training facilities, there are very few stimulating competitions and many sports clubs are either defunct or dormant’, he observed.In this regard, the stylish batsman is recommending that Government urgently address the local situation while nationally; there should be an appropriate centre to deal with the deviant behaviour of athletes, who need help to resurrect their careers, and others who may need assistance to carry on in life.Akbar, a devout Muslim remains a strong advocate for institutional and structural advances in sports within Region 2.He was also a skilful footballer and is willing to share his immense experience with youths from the county. However, he is distraught by the lack of commitment and passion from the emerging talent while acknowledging that the broken and non- existent policies and programmes are contributors to the present scenario.However, he sees the need for urgent intervention by the relevant authorities to safeguard the future of sportsmen and women by creating rehab centres nationally to reduce the negative impact of an increasing number of victims.