Torres central to Di Matteo’s departure

Football. Comes. First.

21st November 2012

By BEN HOLT

It’s hardly surprising to see Roberto Di Matteo lose his job at Chelsea just a few months after winning the Champions League and FA Cup. It was always a temporary appointment, regardless of achievement, and after a run of poor results Abramovich was given the excuse to seek a new man to take charge.

Chelsea have had a bad month, drawing at home to Liverpool, losing at West Brom and then last night’s defeat against Juventus; a result which sees their hopes of qualification to the Champions League knock-out stages out of their hands. Under normal circumstances, at a normal club where owners accept that a club can have a dodgy spell, Di Matteo would have been given a bit longer – maybe even a full season. But Chelsea are not a normal club.

Mr Abramovich demands instant success, which he got when the…

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