Chelsea have announced that Carlo Ancelotti has left the club after a trophyless season at Stamford Bridge.

It has long been expected that the Italian would leave the London club, despite winning the Double in his debut campaign in England in 2009/10.

And Chelsea confirmed the inevitable decision to part company with Ancelotti in the wake of a defeat at Everton on the final day of this season.

The Londoners finished second to Manchester United in the Premier League and reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League before being eliminated by the same opponents.

But Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was not impressed with the least successful season since taking over in 2003 and has terminated the three-year contract Ancelotti signed on his arrival from AC Milan in the summer of 2009.

The club said in a statement on their official website: "Chelsea Football Club can confirm that Carlo Ancelotti parted company with the club today (Sunday, 22nd May).

"The owner and board would like to thank Carlo for his contribution and achievements since taking over as manager in July 2009, which included winning the Double for the first time in the club's history.

"However, this season's performances have fallen short of expectations and the club feels the time is right to make this change ahead of next season's preparations.

"Carlo will always be welcome at Stamford Bridge, where he will be given the reception and respect his position in our history deserves.

"Chelsea's long-term football objectives and ambitions remain unchanged and we will now be concentrating all our efforts on identifying a new manager.

"There will be no further comment until that appointment is made."