The now ex-Chelsea manager left his post-match press conference at Goodison Park, to be told by chief executive Ron Gourlay that he was “parting company” with his employer.
The reason for the timing? Chelsea wanted Ancelotti to know first and then the players would be told before they went on their summer holidays. How kind. Gourlay, Ancelotti and the squad then travelled to the airport to take their flight back to Gatwick. It must have been an awkward journey.
But then it has been an awkward season. After winning the Premier League and FA Cup last year, after making the changes to the squad that Roman Abramovich wanted, after giving the team the 'identity’ the Russian craved he had, as ever, done everything asked of him.
And yet it was not enough. It is never enough for Abramovich. He always wants something more and, of course, that something is the Champions League. But if that was won then there would be something else. Ray Wilkins was sacked in November as Ancelotti’s assistant, completely undermining the manager, because matters were perceived to have become too 'cosy’.