Pardew Expresses Astonishment At Roberto de Matteo Sacking


Some really shocking news this morning as Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has been sacked, after his side lost 3-0 at Juventus yesterday in Turin in the European Champions League, and Alan Pardew has expressed his utter surprise at the sacking.

Roberto di Matteo – sacked by Chelsea

You have to remember that Roberto was the man who took over in March after André Villas-Boas was sacked, and he led the Chelsea club to their first ever Champions League trophy when they beat Bayern Munich on penalties, and they had also won the FA Cup too, when they beat Liverpool 2-1 – but it seems it’s all not good enough for Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

This is what Alan Pardew said today:

“I’m 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 for the fans and the media should sound something to the owner of that football club because I don’t know if that’s the ninth manager or whatever it is in so many short years. It’s just not fair.”

“As far as I am concerned, he has done absolutely nothing wrong. His philosophy was to perhaps change the look of the team, which he has tried to do – that doesn’t happen overnight – and he’s won two competitions in less than a year, so it’s unbelievable.” “He should walk straight into another job – probably at someone else’s misfortune, unfortunately.”

It’s not often that you take a club to two trophies within three months, including the first time Chelsea have ever won the European Champions League, and get sacked a short six months later, when your team is also 3rd top of the Premier League.

Well that’s Roman Abramovich for you – and he’s ruthless – and we hope he knows what he wants – but we have our doubts.

It’s almost certain the Russian Billionaire has already tapped up a replacement for di Matteo, and it’s probably Pep Guardiola, the former Barcelona manager.

We wonder what Mark Hughes, the QPR manager,  who has his team rock bottom of the Premier League  is thinking today?

What do you think about this firing?

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21 comments so far

  • Les Grossman

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #1

    FIRST !!
    (Yes I w@nk too much aswell)

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  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #2

    It just goes to show you how precarious we are as Premier League managers

    FFS, pardew, you have just signed an 8 year deal

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  • Graeme

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #3

    I watched Pardew’s interview on Sky – I’m not at all sure what the hell Chelski sacking their manager has to do with anyone but RDM and Chelski, or why Pardew is commenting on it!!

    I would have thought he would be better sorting out the problems in his own back yard without worrying about other clubs problems!!

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  • rainrix

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Hmm its Rafa benitez according to sky sports. That would be hilarious if true. I cant see any manager really wanting to take over chelsea with Abramovich at the helm.

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  • Alan_Pard_Who

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Pardew out! RDM in!!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Graeme,

    i am sure some journalist would have asked him at Europa conference

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  • rainrix

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Graeme…. likely because the journos always ask these kind of irrelevant questions at press conferences. Pointless but they need that whole “OMG look at all these managers opinions LOLOLOL”

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 21, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #8

    StuartNo9
    Thats one game di matteo has taken responsibillity for one loss mate, one that he knew straight away had cost him his job, he’s blamed CL, ref’s etc this season its not just pards who use’s excuse’s
    Also pards has held his hands up a few times, everton he admitted he was wrong in dropping demba and utd he admitted we set up wrong and was to late with trying to change how we were set up

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  • jimmysmith

    Nov 21, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Benitez, that’s comical, apart from the Champions league win, which in hindsight was probably won despite him, he was hopeless at Liverpool and worse at Inter, geez that’s almost as bad as bringing in Sven. The juries in, Abramavich is nuts!

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 21, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #10

    Come on Graeme. U’re really not that daft are ya?
    A journo asked the question, why decline to answer?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 21, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #11

    I would love Pardew out , RDM in.
    Might enjoy going to matches again.
    MK dons, WBA and Chelsea all played some great football.

    I think pardew is commenting because a much better and more humble manager has got sacked for being in a much better position that we could ever dream about.

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  • Alan_Pard_Who

    Nov 21, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Toonarmydownsouth

    If that is the case how many more tactical mistakes will Pardew admit to before he nights the bullet?

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  • Alan_Pard_Who

    Nov 21, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #13

    Bights the bullet?

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  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 21, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #14

    Football Blog UK ?@Football_Speak
    Wanted: Top physio at Chelsea… all these knee-jerks are causing severe fitness problems. 😛
    Expand Reply Retweet Favorite

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  • Alan_Pard_Who

    Nov 21, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #15

    I think Pardew is commenting to try and manipulate fans into thinking ‘thank god we are not Chelsea, let’s get behind Pardew’.

    I’m not buying it.

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  • Phatoon

    Nov 21, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #16

    Bights? What has a knot in rope got to do with it? 😉

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 21, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #17

    or even BITES the bullet!

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  • GeordieDan

    Nov 21, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #18

    No wonder I stopped blogging on here. Do some of u even read what Uv typed? Seriously things like RDM in, Padrew out just really piss me off.

    It’s ironic as the people saying it have memories shorter than Abramovic. Can u not member what Pardew managed this year? Do u not realise we’re top of our group in Europe?

    And with what backing, what finance from the world’s tightest billionaire Ashley? NOWT ! We have a TINY squad and EVERY OTHER team now know’s how to play against us because Ashley bought us nobody.

    UR the ‘fans’ we really don’t need.

    Things not working perfect? = Instant new manager. That”ll fix it. Works every time we’ve done its since Sir Bobby right?

    Well done geniuses.

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  • Ian Toon

    Nov 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #19

    Rotonda- Pardew doesn’t have a Roman Abramovitch bankrolling the team. Your romantic flirtation with formations !! You clearly know about systems and Martinez’s changing to meet the opposition. I don’t question your knowledge it’s the practical implementation and timing I have a problem with. You can get the best out of players by playing to their strengths. But you fit the system to the players you do not impose the other way around. I was impressed with Martinez
    switching to 3-4–2-1 against Spurs’ 4-2-3-1 and that he was rewarded with a 1-0 victory away from home if you remember. But Wigan also lost at home to Fulham playing 3-4-3. A manager I much admire is Ian Holloway at Crystal Palace who my brother tells me has Peter Ramage playing in a back 3 in a 3-5-2 system. The system is working a treat for them and Holloway a man of around the same age as AP has been moved on by countless owners. He’ s never been someone who should have been tagged a failure and has proven that on countless occasions since. Judge Pardew when he has the players
    to implement a system that brings the best out of the squad. I am probably younger than you but don’t be impatient. Growing up aside from Keegan and Sir Bobby the football has been mediocre . Just at present I would settle for a winning team. I was ecstatic when Cisse’s backside got us the 3 points against WBA even though the football from us was mediocre. Team and fans have to dig in – for the time being. Let’s get some bodies through the door in January.

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #20

    i think you can look at alan shearer and ruud boy,, they took a gamble and it didnt pay off,

    pardew should keep his nose out of it, esp when he has a big problem on his hands at our club

    but on RDM, was he really the guy for that job? hey he is 3rd in the league, and from that point of view it seems harsh, but the players he has, they could be 3rd without him,
    he won the ECL cup and when i talk about luck for our club, there was none more luckier than him,

    i think the job was to big for him

    15 Alan_Pard_Who good comment

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  • Cool Hand Luke

    Nov 21, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #21

    That last sentence could come back to hant you Pardieux….

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