Champions League and FA Cup winner Roberto Di Matteo has been sacked by Chelsea in a shocking turn of events, and Rafael Benitez, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho are all potential candidates for the vacant job.
Di Matteo was in charge of the Blues for just eight months and guided the London club to their first ever Champions League title, as well as winning the highly regarded English domestic FA Cup.
Roman Abramovich is known for his ruthless style, sacking managers at the smallest sign of a bad run, but football fans around the world have been left in a state of shock after Di Matteo’s sacking, considering how much he has done for the club in such a small amount of time.
Naturally, people are already turning their attention forward to who will replace the Italian, with former Valencia manager and La Liga Manager of the Year Rafael Benitez being named as the hot favourite to take over at the helm.
The Spaniard is thought to be interested in the position and will be willing to speak to Chelsea, but it is thought that the reigning European champions may only offer Benitez a short-term deal until the end of the season.
This is a consequence of Pep Guardiola’s decision to remain in New York on his sabbatical, having reportedly been approached by Chelsea in recent days in regards to the managerial job at the club.
The former Barcelona manager is currently taking a break from football after his successful yet stressful stint at the La Liga giants, but the temptation must be strong to be lured to last season’s Champion’s League winners and to test his skills in England in the Premier League.
Chelsea fans may be hoping that Jose Mourinho is in line to take the job after he was a big fans’ favourite during his time in London, but the ‘special one’ is in the middle of battling hard with Real Madrid to reclaim the La Liga title this season, so he may also want to wait until the current campaign comes to a close.
Premier League side Chelsea are expected to make an announcement shortly about the sacking of Di Matteo and what the future has in store, and it will be interesting to see them try to justify the latest outrageous dismissal.