Roberto Di Matteo's brutal sacking—another insight into the heartless world of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich—may have been unfair, but it was certainly not a surprise.
After losing his last two games, the same as Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, and only picking up two points out of a possible 12 in his last four Premier League games, Di Matteo's time was up at Stamford Bridge.
His team had only won two of their last eight matches, and after losing 3-0 in a lacklustre performance away to Juventus Tuesday night, face the prospect of failing to quality for the UEFA Champions League knockout stages for the first time in their history; a rather embarrassing landmark considering their status as current European Champions.
And of course, with the excuse of a bad spell, it was always inevitable that Abramovich would take any opportunity he had to dispose of Di Matteo.
The only surprise perhaps in the days leading up to his sacking was that there wasn't a single journalist dressed up as a pork chop asking the former Blues boss if he was facing the sack.
But besides the simple excuse of a bad run of form, there were some legitimate reasons for Chelsea to get rid of Roberto Di Matteo.
It could well be the case that Abramovich and the Chelsea board did carefully consider their decision to sack Di Matteo, and with that in mind, here are four possible reasons why the Blues came to the conclusion they did regarding their manager.