Wednesday November 21, 2012 marked yet another low in the modern world of football as Roberto Di Matteo was sacked as Chelsea manager just hours after a defeat against Juventus left them teetering on the brink of a Champions League exit.
In hindsight, no one should really be surprised at the news given the way things were panning out at Stamford Bridge, especially with Roman Abramovich’s history of trigger-happiness.
But for a man to be appointed Chelsea caretaker coach in March and dispensed of in November, mere months after earning a two-year permanent deal, leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.
So, less than nine months after we discussed the ramifications of Andre Villa-Boas’ sacking for Chelsea, we return to the same topic, albeit for a different coach.
What does this mean for Chelsea this time?
Let’s look at eight things Roberto Di Matteo’s sacking reflects—and, as usual, feel free to have your say in the comments below.