Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Chelsea fires Roberto Di Matteo

Chelsea's Italian manager Roberto Di Matteo has been dismissed.

This came on the heels of last night's 3-0 defeat to Juventus in Turin, which has left the club on the edge of making history as the first Champions League holders to crash out at the group stage.

The club is now considering either Avram Grant or Rafael Benítez to step in as temporary manager, although Owner Roman Abramovich wants former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola who is currrently on a year-long sabbatical to permanently take charge of the team.

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".

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