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Middlesbrough target Alan Pardew in stands to run rule over possible new club as Chelsea legends watch Champions-elect

Ex-Palace checks into Stamford Bridge and quickly gets an idea as to why Boro have struggled to stay in the Premier League

MIDDLESBROUGH target Alan Pardew watched his possible new team in their fight for Premier League survival at Chelsea.

Pardew, sacked by Crystal Palace in December, was at Stamford Bridge and shuddered as the champions-elect took a 2-0 lead before the break.

Alan Pardew...Middlesbrough target

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Alan Pardew…Middlesbrough target was keeping a close eye

The former Reading, Southampton, Charlton, West Ham and Newcastle boss has been linked with the north-east strugglers, who themselves waved goodbye to Aitor Karanka in March and turned to coach Steve Agnew in their faint bid to stay up.

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Also in the stands were former Chelsea heroes Carlo Ancelotti and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink…along with the not so popular Andriy Shevchenko.

Ancelotti won the Premier League with Chelsea in 2009-10 along with the FA Cup.

Former goalden boy Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink waves to the crowd

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Former goalden boy Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink waves to the crowd

Andriy Shevchenko with Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti

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Andriy Shevchenko with current Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti

Hasselbaink became a Chelsea legend, firing 70 goals in 136 matches during a golden period from 200-2004.

He was recently dismissed from his post as QPR boss, having managed very successfully at Burton Albion.

Shevchenko, though, managed only nine goals in 48 games for Chelsea between 2006-09 following a £31million move from Milan.