Roberto Di Matteo sacked by Chelsea

Clive Rose

It took one bad run of form for Roberto Di Matteo to go from Chelsea hero to the unemployment line. Following Tuesday's 3-0 loss to Juventus, the Blues have parted ways with their manager.

Just six months after lifting the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League as the interim manager of Chelsea FC, club legend Roberto Di Matteo is now out of a job. He was granted the managerial position on a permanent basis this summer, but it took just one poor run of form for Roman Abramovich to pull the plug.

Chelsea issued a statement on Di Matteo's sacking that was respectful, but strongly worded.

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.

While it seems extremely harsh and reactionary to fire a manager who had just won the Champions League after five games without a victory, there's not much to disagree with in that statement. Fans have been rightfully annoyed by the Blues' extremely poor form in the league over the last four matches, and Tuesday's 3-0 loss to Juventus was simply the cherry on top of an excrement sundae.

Chelsea are now in the unfavorable position of needing to win their last Champions League group stage match, while also hoping that Shakhtar Donestk and Juventus do not draw, in order for them to qualify for the next round. Over the last four matches, they have fallen from the top of the Premier League table to third place, four points behind league leaders Manchester City.

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