LONDON – Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has been sacked following a run of poor form.
The Italian won 24 of his 42 games in charge of the club but, after their 3-0 defeat to Juventus left them in danger of missing out on the knockout stages of the Champions League, Chelsea have decided to end his tenure.
Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola and ex-Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez have emerged as the early favourites to replace Di Matteo.
The Italian has become the latest manager to fall victim to Roman Abramovich’s axe after risking the owner’s wrath by dropping record signing Fernando Torres for the Juventus game and radically overhauling his tactics.
Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas said he was not surprised Di Matteo was sacked by the club.
Villas-Boas was dismissed by the Blues in March, and was replaced by Di Matteo who went on to win the UEFA Champions League and FA Cup.
Villa-Boas, now Spurs manager, said: “At Chelsea, I think another sacking is just like any other day at the office. That’s my interpretation.” (Sky)