Former England football captain Ray Wilkins is to launch a compensation claim against Chelsea Football Club after being sacked from his role as assistant first team coach earlier this month.
In a statement issued through the League Managers' Association Mr Wilkins explained his shock at being forced out of the sporting institution and said he was gaining legal advice over how he should go about claiming damages for his "undoubtedly unfair dismissal".
The ex-professional footballer, who made his debut for Chelsea 37 years ago before going on to play for clubs such as AC Milan and Manchester United, added: "I am very disappointed that the board decided that I had no further contribution to make at Chelsea Football Club."
Mr Wilkins, who made 84 appearances for England during his career, rejoined Chelsea in September 2008 under former manager Luiz Felipe Scolari and has since enjoyed success with current boss Carlo Ancelotti, who indicated that he played no role in his deputy's departure by saying "the club made this decision".
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Posted by Daniel Stevens