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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is known for having an itchy finger, and the Russian billionaire wasted no time in sacking his 8th manager, giving Champions League and FA Cup double winner Roberto di Matteo the old heave ho just 5 months since offering the former Chelsea caretaker manager a new 2 year contract.
Chelsea have had a poor 4 weeks by their illustrious standards, and their showing in Turin last night was particularly appalling as they were beaten 3-0 on the night by Juventus, and truth be told the scoreline could have been a lot worse. The Blues have lost top spot in the Premier League, having gone win-less in 4 games, and are on verge of making an early exit from the UEFA Champions League unless Shakhtar Donetsk do them a favour and beat Juventus at the Donbass Arena in a fortnight's time.
Obviously, Abramovich had seen enough, and despite a crucial game coming up at the weekend against table toppers Manchester City, the club's owner decided he did not want to leave the side in the hands of the 42-year old rookie manager anymore.
Chelsea announced the news to their fans via the club's official website, stating, "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 Blues have also promised to make an appointment soon with former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez being widely tipped to take over the post on a short term contract as the club waits for their preferred choice Barcelona legend Pep Guardiola to end his sabbatical.
Meanwhile, Di Matteo could soon find himself back in a coaching role with bookmakers quickly linking the young Italian with a possible vacancy at Queens Park Rangers. It is unlikely though that Roberto will be allowed to rush back into management as Abramovich's past sackings have often indicated a mandatory cooling off period during which the Managers continue to get exceptionally well paid as part of the severance clause in their contract.
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