Chelsea have sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo after just 19 months in charge both as interim manager and permanent.
He won the Champions League last summer but that has not prevented the axe falling on yet another Chelsea manager. The bookies have already installed former Liverpool coach Rafa Benitez as the clear favourite.
Chelsea lost at Juventus on Tuesday and at West Bromwich Albion at the weekend and a club statement made no false claims that results were not the reason for the 42-year-old’s dismissal:
“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 at 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.”
Pep Guardiola is the second favourite although Sky Sports News is reporting that Benitez has already flown to London for talks.