We must say it was a complete shock when we read this morning that Roberto di Matteo had been sacked as the Chelsea manager, just a short six months after he had led Chelsea to the European Champions League trophy – for the first time in Chelsea’s history.
Roman Abramovich – sacked eight managers so far in his nine year tenure
And the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was stunned by the announcement, and he has hit out at the owner Roman Abramovich, who now has had eight managers in nine seasons at Chelsea – and he’s about to name his ninth manager at the club.
Who do they think they are – Newcastle?
This is what Alan said today about Roberto’s firing:
“Astonished really. It just goes to show you how precarious we are as Premier League managers and you can’t take anything for granted.” “The shock that should be there from the fans and the media should sound something to the owner of that football club – Roman Abramovich.
“I don’t know if that’s their ninth manager or whatever it is in so many short years, it’s just not fair.” “As far as I’m concerned Roberto Di Matteo has done absolutely nothing wrong. The philosophy was to change the look of the team which he’s tried to do and he’s won two competitions in less than a year, so it’s unbelievable.”
“Roberto should walk straight into another job – probably at someone else’s misfortune, unfortunately.”
The managers who have been at Chelsea since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003 in order are Claudio Ranieri, Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant, Luis Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink, Carlo Ancelotti, Andre Vilas Boas and Roberto di Matteo.
The current favorites for the job are former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez, who is odds on, and former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, who is listed at 5-2 – and we have tho think Abramovixh wants Pep at Chelsea – but how long he would last there we have no idea.
Alan Pardew is down in the betting at 45-1 – but after the comments above – make that 145-1. 😀
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