The saying goes that in London you are never more than six feet from a rat. However, by the year 2020, scientists believe that you will be no more than six feet away from an ex-Chelsea manager. This horrifying supposition comes after hearing Roberto Di Matteo has been fired 6 months after taking the reins at the club and leading the team to Champions League and FA Cup glory.
Nonetheless, Chelsea is not an ordinary club; it is one that is ruled with an iron fist by owner Roman Abramovich, and it is no secret how tough he can be with managers. Amazingly, in his nine-year reign which began in 2004, he has spent approximately £86 million in compensation for managers whose contracts he has brutally cut short.
Following Di Matteo’s departure, the average lifespan of a Chelsea manager under Abramovich is a measly 8 months and astonishingly he has now had as many managers at his club as Manchester United have had since 1937.
…he goes back to starring in Go Compare adverts…
As shocking as this may be, Chelsea fans will find it even crazier that he has appointed former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez as interim manager. Benitez is expected to return Torres to the superb form he enjoyed at Liverpool, as well as adding his defensive expertise to Chelsea’s back four that has struggled keeping clean sheets all season.
It is strongly rumoured that once Benitez’s 6 month contract expires and he goes back to starring in Go Compare adverts, ex-Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will be brought in and become the highest-paid manager ever with a £15 million a year contract. Whether this is wise will remain to be seen, after all who could Abramovich possibly turn to if (and when) he fires Guardiola, there will simply be nobody left willing to take the job.