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Chelsea Fires Manager Robert Di Matteo

Robert Di Matteo

Photo Courtesy talksport.co.uk

It’s been just short of a year and a half, but the EPL‘s Chelsea FC are making a change with their manager and parting ways with Robert Di Matteo.

The decision to fire Di Matteo came after his squad dropped a 3-0 contest to Italian club Juventus on Tuesday in Torin.

A statement was released on their official website stating the following:

“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 FC via Official Website

There has been no immediate announcement on the replacement for Di Matteo.

Chelsea currently sits at third place in Group E of the Champions’ League group stage. Juventus are on top, with Shakhtar Donetsk in second place and Chelsea in third. Chelsea next faces Nordsjaelland, but no longer control their own destiny as they could be knocked out even if they win, depending on the results.

The club went on to say, “The club faces a difficult task ahead in qualifying for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League as well as maintaining a strong challenge for the top of the Premier League while competing in three other cup competitions. Our aim is to remain as competitive as possible and challenge strongly on all fronts.”

It all goes to show that you can be coaching at a high level and it still just isn’t enough. Almost no one in their right mind would want to take this coaching job, but the price will surely be right enough. Under Di Matteo, Chelsea eliminated Barcelona from Champions’ League competition last year, and beat Liverpool to win the FA Cup.

Dan Irwin is a sports writer for Rant Sports.  Follow him on Twitter @ danirwin_rant or on Facebook at “facebook.com/danirwin.sports“.