Wednesday, November 21, 2012
CHELSEA SACKS ROBERTO DI MATTEO, BENITEZ OR AVRAM GRANT TO TAKE OVER
Six months after winning the Champions League, Roberto Di Matteo has been sacked by Chelsea on Wenesday morning as owner Roman Abramovich lost patience with yet another manager.
The Italian's fall from grace was made official by Chelsea’s official twitter account before a statement had even appeared on the website.
The statement released by the club stated: 'Chelsea Football Club has parted company this morning with Manager Roberto Di Matteo.
'The team's recent performances and results have not been good enough and the owner and the Board felt that a change was necessary now to keep the club moving in the right direction as we head into a vitally important part of the season.
'The club faces a difficult task ahead in qualifying for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League as well as maintaining a strong challenge for the top of the Premier League while competing in three other cup competitions. Our aim is to remain as competitive as possible and challenge strongly on all fronts.
'The owner and the Board would like to thank Roberto for all he has done for the club since taking over in March. Roberto helped guide us to an historic
'Champions League victory and a seventh FA Cup. We will never forget the huge contribution he has made to this club's history and he will always be welcome at Stamford Bridge.
'The club will be making an announcement shortly regarding a new first team manager.'
The European champion were humbled last night in a 3-0 defeat by Serie A champion, Juventus, with Di Matteo’s tactic of leaving fifty million pounds flop striker Fernando Torres on the bench not paying off.
Chelsea's hope of qualifying to to the second round of the champions league is very slim and if they fail to qualify, it will be the first time a defending champion did not qualify to the second round of the competition.
Former Liverpool and Inter Milan coach, Rafael Benitez has been up to replace him if Pep Guardiola refuses to step out of his sabbatical to take over at Chelsea before the summer.
Roman Abramovich views Guardiola as the long-term successor to Di Matteo, who lifted the European Cup in May.
If he fails to convince the Spaniard,who rejected a short-term deal at Stamford Bridge last season, Abramovich could even turn to former manager Avram Grant to hold the fort again.