Despite a plea to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, manager Carlo Ancelotti could not save his wife, Luisa Ancelotti. The Italian admitted that it was a boardroom decision and he was powerless in this regard.
Abramovich has displayed his ruthless streak again following Chelsea's Champions League defeat to Marseilles.
Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay said: 'On behalf of everyone at the club I would like to thank Luisa for everything she has done for the Ancelotti family. We all wish her well for the future.'
Certainly Luisa appeared unaware of her fate Wednesday night when having a meal with her husband. Ancelotti and his wife were dining out after the match and it is believed that Luisa was asked to see Gourlay during the meal.
The Italian was full of praise for Luisa after her dismissal but insisted that he is not powerful enough at the club to be granted the final say.
'I know here in England some managers have total control of their relationships,' said Ancelotti. 'This is not the case in this club.
Ancelotti said: 'The club has made a decision and I respect it. It was a difficult decision for everyone. We move on quickly and maintain our focus.
He added that Luisa's replacement "will be someone from within, not from the outside" the club.