Roberto Di Matteo is the first Premier League manager to face the axe this season. The Daily Shift’s Jack Squibb reports…
Roberto Di Matteo is the latest in a long string of managers to feel the wrath of Roman Abramovich as he was sacked earlier this morning only eight months after taking over.
Chelsea are currently third in the Barclay’s Premier League but have struggled to maintain the form they had in the opening stages of the season. They slumped to a 2-1 defeat to an inform West Brom at the weekend and have only picked up five points out of a possible 15 in their last five games. Now they face the possibility of becoming the first defending European champions to go out of the competition at the group stages after a 3-0 defeat last night to a dominant Juventus side in Turin.
Despite a successful 2011/12 season which saw the blues beat Bayern Munich on their own ground to win their first European cup and winning the FA Cup for the seventh time, it’s clear that it wasn’t enough to give the Italian more time in the hot seat at Stamford Bridge.
The rumour mill is running rapidly already with former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho being the early front runners to take the job.
It seems that Abramovich will approach Guardiola who was the mastermind behind the Barcelona team that won two European Cups, three La Liga titles and two Copa Del Rey’s in his four year reign. However it could be hard to tempt the Spaniard to take over as he announced he’d be taking a break from managing when he resigned as Barcelona manager.
Rafael Benitez is available since being relieved as manager of Inter Milan in 2010 and has since moved back to Merseyside with his family.
Here are the latest odds as of 11.50am via PaddyPower.com for who’ll be the next Chelsea manager:
Chelsea are set to take on defending league champions Manchester City on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.