Di Matteo exit: Chelsea's manager merry-go-round
Page last updated at 14:44 GMT, Friday, 23 November 2012
- Roberto Di Matteo has parted company with Chelsea, the club has confirmed on Twitter. It said recent performances had not been good enough and that a statement on who will take over would be made shortly. The announcement comes a day after Chelsea were beaten 3-0 by Juventus in the Champions League.
- Rafa Benitez have now appointed former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez as interim manager until the end of the season. The short-term appointment could pave the way for owner Roman Abramovich to make a summer approach for ex-Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.
- It was only in May that Di Matteo helped the club to its biggest ever victory, beating Bayern Munich in the Champions League final. The Italian manager had taken over a struggling side as caretaker manager from Andre Villas-Boas and helped overcome Napoli and Barcelona on their way to the trophy. The famous win saw him named permanent manager.
- Andre Villas-Boas was sacked by Chelsea after less than a year in charge at Stamford Bridge. After a string of below-par performances, his fate was sealed by a 1-0 loss to West Brom. The club have had eight managers since Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003.
- This man - Claudio Ranieri, the current boss at AS Monaco - was in charge when the Russian billionaire bought the club nine years ago. He was at the helm from 2000-2004 but soon made way for Abramovich's "Special One".
- Jose Mourinho was installed at the club after success in Portugal. Football fans either loved or hated him, but success soon followed and Chelsea became the dominant side in the country with a rock solid home record. They won back to back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006.
- In September 2007 though, Mourinho parted company with Chelsea by "mutual consent" after the club's poor start to the season. Chelsea's then director of football, Avram Grant, took over and guided the team to the Champions League final, where they lost to Manchester United. The loss meant Abramovich got itchy feet again...
- Luiz Felipe Scolari was the new man at the Bridge and came with a great track record having guided Brazil to the 2002 World Cup trophy and Portugal to the Euro 2004 final. His Brazilian magic only lasted from July 2008 - February 2009 though, and despite standing fourth in the table and only having 36 games in charge, he was out the door.
- Dutchman Guus Hiddink was next in the hot seat and agreed to join only until the end of the 2009 season, while still continuing his duties as boss of the Russian national squad. He was extremely successful and only lost one game during his time in west London - and also led the Blues to the 2009 FA Cup. Unfortunately for fans, Hiddink couldn't be persuaded to stay on permanently.
- Another heavyweight of the managerial world was the next in Abramovich's sights: Carlo Ancelotti took over in June 2009 but after two seasons without a trophy - and the disappointing performance of £50m striker Fernando Torres - his days were numbered. Next came Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo and the rest is history.