The Guardian says last year's Double-winning manager was informed of Chelsea's decision in a corridor at Goodison Park.
Ancelotti was allowed to undertake his post-match press duties following the 1-0 defeat by Everton, a result which did not affect Chelsea's second?place finish, and had expected to meet the club's hierarchy this week to discuss his future. However, the chief executive, Ron Gourlay, was waiting for him at the foot of the stairs outside the media suite and duly informed him that he was to be relieved of his duties with immediate effect.
Despite last year's success the club pointed to performances this season having "fallen short of expectations" in reaching their decision, with this technically the least successful campaign - in terms of progress in Europe and trophies gleaned - of the Roman Abramovich era to date. The Russian oligarch was not present at Everton but will now be looking for his seventh manager in eight years at Stamford Bridge.