Chelsea FC sack Roberto Di Matteo after Juventus defeat
Roberto Di Matteo has paid the price for Chelsea’s poor start to the season, with Roman Abramovich sacking the Italian on Wednesday morning which means that the club’s owner has now removed seven managers from their post.
November 21st, 2012
It appears that Abramovich wants Pep Guardiola to replace Di Matteo although the former Barcelona coach is currently on a sabbatical which means that the Spaniard would only become available next summer, with the possibility of Rafael Benitez taking charge in the interim.
It came as little surprise that Di Matteo has been axed at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea were on the receiving end of a 3-0 defeat at Juventus, with that loss meaning the competition holders are unlikely to reach the last sixteen stage of the Champions League.
The Blues have also dropped points in the Premier League recently including a 2-1 defeat at West Brom last weekend and it’s possible that Roman Abramovich might look to Steve Clarke who is doing an excellent job at The Hawthorns.
Chelsea’s statement said: “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”
It continued: “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.
Earlier the club had tweeted: “Chelsea Football Club has parted company this morning with manager Roberto Di Matteo. More to follow… #CFC”.