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Chelsea sack Roberto Di Matteo

posted 21 Nov 2012, 05:08 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 21 Nov 2012, 05:08 ]

Chelsea part company with manager Roberto Di Matteo.

MUNICHGERMANY (JUNE 18, 2012) (REUTERS) -  Chelsea have parted company with manager Roberto Di Matteo, the European champions said on Wednesday (November 21) .

The announcement follows Chelsea's 3-0 defeat to Juventus on Tuesday which left them on the brink of elimination from the Champions League.

"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," Chelsea said on their website.

"The club faces a difficult task ahead in qualifying for the knockout stages of theUEFA Champions League as well as maintaining a strong challenge for the top of the Premier League while competing in three other cup competitions."

"The owner and the Board would like to thank Roberto for all he has done for the club since taking over in March. Roberto helped guide us to an historicChampions League victory and a seventh FA Cup.

"We will never forget the huge contribution he has made to this club's history and he will always be welcome at Stamford Bridge," the statement said.

Di Matteo took Chelsea to Champions League and FA Cup glory last season as caretaker manager following the sacking of Portuguese Andre Villas-Boas and was given the job on a permanent basis in June.

The Italian was the eighth manager to have worked under owner Roman Abramovich since the Russian billionaire brought the Premier League club in 2003.

Chelsea made a flying start to the season under Di Matteo, winning seven and drawing one of their opening eight Premier League games to go four points clear at the top of the table.

Since then, however, they have won just two of their last eight games in all competitions, slipped to third in the league and are on the brink of suffering the ignominy of becoming first holders to go out of the Champions League at the group stage.