Former player Elliott backs Chelsea sacking of Di Matteo
United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Former Chelsea defender Paul Elliott feels the decision to sack Roberto Di Matteo as manager is justified.
“Results and performances haven’t been to the level of a club of this magnitude,” Elliott told BBC Sport.
Di Matteo steered Chelsea to the FA Cup and Champions League titles in the 8 months he was in charge.
He became the seventh manager to be fired since Russian billionaire Abramovich bought the club in 2003.
The club made an impressive start to this campaign but have won just two of their last eight games in all competitions.
He was dismissed the after a 3-0 Champions League defeat at Juventus that leaves them on the brink of elimination.
Former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair disagreed with his ex-teammate Elliott’s views, arguing that Abramovich’s policy is destabilising the club.
“New managers always want new players and the stability isn’t there,” he told BBC Sport. “There were problems in the dressing room and Robbie sorted all that out and was able to win trophies as well. You would have thought he would have been given a lot longer.”
Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers also disagreed with the sacking due to his recent success in the Champions League and FA Cup.
Chelsea has appointed former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez as an interim manager and are reported to be targeting former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola as manager.