In March a certain Roberto Di Matteo took over as interim coach at Chelsea Football club in England. This was after Russian Billionaire owner;Roman Abrahamovic parted ways with Andre Villas-Boas. A string of poor results in early 2012 just after the winter break of 2011/12 season was enough to swing the axe on the Portuguese. AVB might have lost some matches but his team was still in the Champions League and FA cup though top 4 spots on the Premier League log were far away.
RDM, a sacked coach from WestBromich Albion, an assistant to AVB, steered the Blues to their first ever UEFA champions League trophy in May 2012 ousting favourites Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Many coaches have tried and failed in getting Roman Abrahamovicmost prized trophy yet in his cabinet. Mourinho, Felipe Scolari, Avram Grant are just to mention a few. He had also won the FA cup in England despite being an interim.
RDM was reluctantly given a permanent 2 years contract as a full time boss just before the commencement of the season. He won the heart of the Stamford Bridge faithful but Roman had his heart set on Pep Guardiola who had a taken a sabbatical for a year from football.
Everything seemed alright till the “Turin Night” where Chelsea was torn apart by Juventus in a 3-0 UEFA champions league win for the Italians. The result left Chelsea on the brink of being the first UEFA Champions league holder to be knocked out in the group stages.
3 wins in the last 9 games with loses to WestBromShaktarDonestk, Juventus and Manchester United which have left them chasing City and United in league was too much for Abrahamovic to bear. He terminated the 262 day reign of Di Matteo in the early hours of Wednesday 21st November 2012. Villas-Boas had lasted 6 days less.
So, in comes the Spaniard; Rafa Benitez. Sacked by Inter, disliked by most Chelsea fans for his spanner-in-the-works against Chelsea in his Liverpool era, Benitez will need to buy his love from the supporters with a must win game against City on Sunday.