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Roberto di Matteo sacked by Chelsea

The west London outfit are on the verge of a Champions League exit after last night’s 3-0 defeat to Juventus.

Roberto di Matteo on the sidelines at the weekend. Chelsea were beaten by West Brom.
Roberto di Matteo on the sidelines at the weekend. Chelsea were beaten by West Brom.
Image: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

CHELSEA HAVE PARTED company with manager Roberto di Matteo this morning, the club have announced.

The Italian led the club to the Champions League and FA Cup titles last season as caretaker boss and was given the job permanently last summer.

The west London outfit are on the verge of exiting European football’s blue riband tournament after last night’s 3-0 defeat in Turin however.

“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,” a statement reads.

“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.

“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 historic Champions 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 club will be making an announcement shortly regarding a new first team manager.”

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