Chelsea is back Roberto DiMateo as interim administrator after being fired Andre Villas-Boas This day in 2012.
high rated Portuguese The 34-year-old coach was shown the way out by Roman Abramovich just eight months after the Blues set aside £13.3m to buy him. Porto agreement,
Chelsea had won just five of the 16 games in which Villas-Boas had been fired, and are out of the top four at a time when Champions League and FA Cup hopes were in jeopardy.
It was threatening to be the worst season since Abramovich took office, and eyebrows were raised as the club turned to fan-favourite Villas-Boas’ assistant, Di Matteo.
There was speculation about the former Liverpool boss. Raphael Benitez He would be brought in – something that would happen later that year – but the west London club turned to his former midfielder instead.
“There’s pressure at every club to achieve certain goals – it’s always there,” said the former MK Dons and 41-year-old West Brom boss after being Chelsea’s eighth manager for many years.
“Even if you work at another club. If you can’t handle it, don’t ask, you shouldn’t be in this business.
“We are in a results-oriented business. Very simple. Any club you work for will have goals and the pressure will be there. Everywhere.
“That’s what all managers in League One, League Two, Championship or Premier League have in common.”
The temporary appointment of Di Matteo for the remainder of the 2011-12 season was the inspiration.
The former Italian international led Chelsea to their fourth FA Cup success in six seasons and won their first Champions League title by beating Bayern Munich on penalties in the final.
Di Matteo was awarded a two-year deal in June, but was brutally sacked 23 weeks later.
Benitez was brought in for the remainder of the season, leading the club to the 2013 Europa League crown.