After a very poor performance against Juventus in Turin, Champions League winning manager Robrerto Di Matteo has been shown the exit door. Di Matteo spent just six month in charge of the Blues.
Its now like a tradition in Abramovich’s Chelsea that managers get sacked. Let’s start with Claudio Ranieri who did everything right and was still sacked in 2004 for losing to Monaco in champs league semis and finishing 2nd to the best team in premier league’s history (Invincible).
Jose ‘Special One’ Mourinho who’s Chelsea’s most successful manager with 5 trophies in his 3yrs at the club was also sacked in 2007 because he fell out with Roman and some players. Avram Grant managed the team till the end of that season in 2008 taking Chelsea to their first ever champions league final but lost to Manchester United. He never had a second chance. World Cup winning Luiz Filipe Scolari was appointed manager in 2008 and after some bad results, he too headed towards the exit door during the season in 2009. Then came Guus Hiddink who revived chelsea’s season in the league and won the FA Cup. He left Chelsea to fully focus on the Russian national team as agreed with Roman Abramovich.
Carlo Ancelotti was appointed manager in the summer of 2009. His first season was a successful winning the league and the FA cup becoming the 2nd foreign manager after Arsene Wenger to win double. However, he was sacked after his 2nd season when he couldn’t defend the title.
Andre Villas-Boas was appointed manager in 2010. He didn’t spend long time as manager as he was sacked nine months after because he lost grip of his squad(especially the older members of the squad) and I must add (cos its my blog) Abramovich went against the laid down plan. Then came Roberto Di Matteo (RDM), he finished the season AVB started and won Chelsea their first ever Champions League trophy and also the FA cup. At the end of the season after too many talks, he was rewarded with a 2yr contract. On the 21st of November 2012, RDM was sacked after a string of poor performance in recent weeks. After 262 days in charge of the Blues, Di Matteo lasted longer than previous Abramovich managers Villas-Boas (256), Avram Grant (247) and Luiz Felipe Scolari (223).
I seriously don’t have a problem with the sacking of other managers except Ranieri and AVB. RDM deserved the sack because Abramovich feels after adequate adding to the squad the team should be playing better amd winning games. He also should have been smart enough to know that with Pep Guardiola (Roman’s favourite) still out there, the smallest mistake will lead to him leaving.
Roman Abramovich is now looking for a ninth manager since taking over at Stamford Bridge in 2003.
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