Former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins has spoken candidly for the first time about his sacking from the London club last month.
And the 54-year-old has refuted speculation a boardroom bust-up with the club’s billionaire owner Roman Abramovich was to blame for his dismissal.
Wilkins conceded he had exchanged some heated words with Abramovich after Chelsea’s 3-1 aggregate loss to Inter Milan at the Round of 16 stage of last season’s Champions League, but said he did not consider the exchange a falling out.
“I don’t think I fell out with him at all,” Wilkins told Sky Sports. “I think if that was the case, then I would have been removed from my position immediately.”
“There wasn’t so much a row, there was a discussion.”