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Wilkins says Chelsea at crossroads after Guardiola snub

Chelsea legend Ray Wilkins feels Pep Guardiola's decision to commit to Bayern Munich has his old club at the crossroads. He feels the team he captained as well as coached are facing some huge decisions as they approach the end of an era.

Wilkins told The Sun: "Any manager who accepts the Chelsea job knows exactly what they are walking into.

"There is a big salary that comes with the job but also the understanding that you could be relieved of the post at any time.

"Guardiola may well have decided that he didn't want to be in a situation like that.

"He will have studied the squads at Chelsea and at Bayern and might feel his best opportunity of capturing big trophies at the moment lies in Munich.

"I was surprised when Mr Abramovich dispensed with the services of Carlo a year after we won the double and when he sacked Robbie Di Matteo a few months after winning the Champions League.

"But the owner doesn't hesitate when he thinks it's time for a change and you don't get much warning that it's coming. In my case, it was literally 'crash, bang wallop and off you go'. That's the way he works.

"And when you think of the money he has spent on Chelsea, he's entitled to do what he wants.

"If I'd spent £1billion on something, I wouldn't have too many people telling me what to do, either."

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