Roberto Di Matteo Sacked as Chelsea Manager

Simon EdmondsCorrespondent INovember 21, 2012

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In some startling breaking news, The Daily Mail is reporting Chelsea's Champions League-winning manager, Roberto Di Matteo, has been told to leave the club by the Blue's Russian owner, Roman Abramovich.

The sacking comes just hours after Chelsea were trounced 3-0 by a very solid looking Juventus side in Turin.

Abramovich has pulled no punches in the past when it came to bad results and his managers. Di Matteo was the seventh man to take control of the London club in just nine years, and now it seems as though that stat will escalate to eight coaches in that same amount of time.

This sacking, sadly, comes as no real surprise to the most ardent of football followers, who have seen the beautiful game somewhat corrupted by vast inputs of cash for most of Europe's elite sides over the past decade.

Roman has famously never showed much leniency before, and once again this is the case, with the man who brought the precious Champions League crown back to Chelsea now casually cast aside like yesterdays garbage.

This policy of ins and outs with the supposedly "head role" at Chelsea is something that has garnered a lot of ill-content towards the club since the Russian's arrival, and this latest sacking will only add to that stigma of disrespect.

In a statement the club 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.

‘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.’

Many believe that this sacking has now cleared the way for either Pep Guardiola or Rafa Benitez to come in and try their hand at managing the side.

This could be great for Chelsea, but is it really worth discarding the man who pulled off one of the most remarkable Champions League runs in recent history?

In my mind, the answer is a definite no.

So long Roberto, we hardly knew ye.

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