A couple of things..
I was gutted, totally gutted when I heard the news. Not completely shocked because this is sadly how Roman loves to operation on a rather regular basis, but saddened for Di Matteo because he deserved so much better. I mean he did help us win the Champions League and the FA Cup, which were not looking likely at all this time last year. Yes we've been a bit poor this month but everyone knew that we wouldn't keep up the great run of form and I don't know what has happened to Luiz and Cahill but they've been dire at the moment. And Torres.. lets not go there.
And we all knew that Di Matteo was never wanted by Abramovich. Obvious in the time it took him to appoint RDM to permanent coach and then more obvious with the 2 year contract as opposed to the usual 4. So Robbie probably always knew he was on egg shells, more than any other Chelsea manager before him and I hope he wasn't too shock or upset by this decision. And I know he will do well from this. Hell he is the only one who comes out of this looking better. Chelsea don't and Roman definitely doesn't. So I wish Di Matteo luck, success and longevity at his next club. And no Chelsea fan will EVER forget the amazing service he has given us as a player and then as a manager. I mean he won us our first FA Cup in a long long time as a player and then the greatest prize of all as a manager. Never ever forget.
The somewhat sad silver lining is this hire and fire system Roman has is that it seems to work though. That's 10 trophies in the time Roman has been here (1 per manager basically). We seem to win trophies despite the constant changes in the dressing room. You get the likes of Arsenal with long serving Wenger who have won sod all in that same time period, so it works for Chelsea. Don't mention SAF, he just is one of a kind unique freak machine manager. United will miss him more than any player when he does retire.
Also, also. I was listening to the radio today about this subject and one caller on talksport hit the nail on the head a bit for me. He said that the problem is Roman had the best guy at the very beginning and he blew that and so ever since he's just kinda been trying to get that again, but no one else will ever be The Special One. So he continues hiring and firing cause no one else is as good as Jose was here.
ALSO. Fucking Benitez. I'm so fucking angry about him being caretaker. I just cannot stand the man, never at Liverpool or even when he left. I just think this is an awful choice and no Chelsea fan is happy about this. You sack the guy who served Chelsea faithfully and who got us the Champions League only 6 months prior and get in the guy who used to slag off Chelsea with an acid tongue and who started the ongoing process of running Liverpool into the ground.
This is the hardest pill to swallow. I'd rather we win nothing, end mid table with Di Matteo, then finish top 3-5, with a domestic cup with Rafa.
And on reflection our Champions League group is harder than originally thought. Thats not Di Matteos fault. Just sloppy players and better opposition. If we get through by some miracle then its more than Chelsea deserve.
Anyway Di Matteo deserves better than Chelsea, so may he go and find that.