After any string of poor results at Chelsea it has, sadly, become somewhat natural to see the Blues' manager, whoever that may be, take the majority of the blame for the dip in form.
Roberto Di Matteo is not quite in the same boat as the likes of Roberto Scolari or Andre Villas-Boas in regards to this—having last season brought home the Champions League trophy (Roman Abramovich's favourite title and primary goal since he took over at the Bridge)—but, as Jose Mourinho's departure from the club exhibited, nobody is safe from the wrath of Roman on a bad day.
After losing 2-1 to Shakhtar Donetsk in the last round of Champions League qualifiers the pressure was very much on Di Matteo to go out and get three points against Premier League title rivals Manchester United.
This failed to materialise however, after some highly disputed refereeing decisions led to the Red Devils walking away from London with the victory. Things weren't helped by Pablo Hernandez's 88th minute equaliser at Liberty Stadium last week for Swansea.
The draw and loss meant that Chelsea slipped down to second in the table, and allowed United to regain their usual position on the top of the table after eight weeks of Blue dominance.
Now amidst this period of lacklustre performances it would appear as if one of the hottest rumours of the summer is beginning to rear its head up once again.
The Telegraph is reporting that Pep Guardiola, the former Barcelona manager who led his Spanish side to a whopping 14 titles in all over just a four season stretch, has told people "close to him" that he would be very interested in taking up the Chelsea job if he was impressed enough by their offer.
It has been no secret that Pep is more than likely going to take over an English side come the start of the 2013-14 Premier League campaign. Having up sticks in Spain and taken his entire family to the English speaking city of New York, all signs point to one of the most decorated managers in world football making his début on Blighty's not-so-sandy shores.
The real dispute was which side he would be taking over. It would appear that, after initial reports suggesting he might join up with Manchester United in the wake of a possible Sir Alex retirement, Pep may in fact be on his way to the Blue section of London.
Guardiola is understood to have been impressed by the new attacking style established by the signings of players such as Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar. Certainly, these are the types of players that would have fitted well into his set-up with La Blaugrana, and as such may be Chelsea's best assets in luring the Spaniard to the club—as opposed to throwing inordinate sums of money in his direction.
Fans of Di Matteo wont have much to worry about for the rest of 2012-13 however, with Pep suggesting that he will not be taking over any club until the middle of next year—the start of the 2013-14 season.
But the real question is, is this a justifiable way to treat the manager that led the team to Champions League glory against all the odds?
It seems as though Di Matteo is simply being used as a caretaker manager for the season Chelsea are currently in, keeping the hot seat warm for his eventual successor. The policy exhibited time and time again from Chelsea's Russian owner in regards to his managers is something that even the most loyal Blues fan could not help but raise concerns with.
Would it be right to hand-off RDM at the end of the year like this? I guess that's one for you guys to discuss amongst yourselves.
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