Matthew Jones

Just six months after becoming the first Chelsea manager to win the European Cup, Roberto Di Matteo has been sacked by demanding owner Roman Abramovich…and it speaks volumes about football that those within the game are stating they’re “not surprised” by the news.

Di Matteo, a former Chelsea player, FA Cup final goalscorer and Italian international, has been at Chelsea since the start of the 2011/12 season, where he was initially Andre Villas-Boas’ number two, before replacing the former Porto boss as interim manager following his sacking in March.

Within two months of his appointment, Di Matteo etched his name into Chelsea history when he guided the club to the Champions League title, masterminding the defeat of world conquering Barcelona in the semi-finals before beating Bayern Munich on home soil in the final.

Add to that the FA Cup trophy that the little Italian also won, with victories in the…

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