Roberto Di Matteo was, in a sense, a surprise short-term appointment. The likes of Fabio Capello and Rafael Benitez were named as potential interim managers, but neither was really approached.
Instead, Roman Abramovich opted for the safer, quicker option: Roberto Di Matteo. Assistant manager duties became managerial responsibilities. Quietly, he assembled his team, drafting in colleague and friend Eddie Newton.
Slowly, in the background, Chelsea were reuniting. There was silent urgency, which the players rallied behind.
In this slideshow, I outline five reasons why the Italian must remain at the helm for the long term.