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Roberto Di Matteo gets the sack, Benitez favourite for interim replacement

November 21, 2012

Di Matteo, Benitez interim replacement

Roberto Di Matteo, who took over the reign as the manager of Chelsea Football club in the latter half of last season got the permanent job as well after an impressive performance in the Champions League and FA Cup, where his team turned out victorious. But his stint as the manager of Chelsea Football club came to an end after a string of unimpressive performances in both the EPL and the Champions League this season and they are almost out of contention for the latter competition.

The owner of the football club, Roman Abramovich does not look in what the player nor the person has done in the past but looks at the current situation. Chelsea has not been going great guns, as far as their record of late is concerned, in spite of bringing in quality players to the club, such as Hazard, Oscar etc and as stated that the owner is the man for present. Hence, Di Matteo has had to face the sack. But a bigger question lies ahead – who would replace Di Matteo?

Various report suggest that ex-Liverpool manager, Rafael Benitez is favourite to take the baton from Di Matteo for the remainder of the season. A lucrative offer is set to be rolled out for Benitez, who has been out of job since his last managerial duties for Inter Milan. This could well help bring back Fernando Torres back into form, as it was under the tenure of Benitez that Torres became one the most feared strikers of world football. If Benitez cannot instill confidence in the Spaniard, then no one else can.

But, the ex Liverpool manager will not get a long run, if he does get it, as Abramovich is crystal clear about whom he wants for next season, Pep Guardiola. The Chelsea owner must be determined to get him straight away, but he is away on a vacation and does not seem keen to break his vacation for the Blues job. There may be other managers, who would also be thought of in case Guardiola rejects for the longer run, but Abramovich would go all out to get Guardiola, who has been one of the best club managers, as his record while managing Barcelona suggests.

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