How can you sack a manager who has just won you the Champions League?
That is the question that Roman Abramovich will be left to ponder for the first few months of this summer and it’s certainly a tough one to work out.
On the surface it appears to be a no-brainer – you cannot.
Roberto Di Matteo has united the squad in a manner André Villas-Boas never came close to doing, has brought the one trophy that the club was missing from their cabinet, and has done it all with a smile on his face and Chelsea in his heart.
But Abramovich will need to think long and hard and consider the facts rather than emotions when making his decision.
With that in mind, it’s worth noting that when Di Matteo took over at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea were fifth, and three points behind Arsenal in fourth, but they finished the campaign in sixth, six points back.
He only won five of the eleven league games he took charge of and in the simplest of terms seems under-qualified for one of the biggest jobs in Europe.
Abramovich has a lot to consider and quite frankly, Di Matteo is not ready for the permanent job, changes need to be made at Chelsea and a new face rather than a “yes man” will begin that transition.
While most of England was delighted to see Chelsea secure their first Champions League title on Saturday night, spare a thought for Tottenham Hotspur who must now reassess their summer with no Champions League football to look forward to.
Didier Drogba’s winning spot-kick rendered Spurs’ hard work this season to get into the top four irrelevant – a potential windfall of £100m gone, courtesy of Petr Cech’s heroics in the decisive penalty shoot-out.
What now for Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp? How costly that period of uncertainty between Fabio Capello leaving the England post and Roy Hodgson being announced as his successor now seems.
Spurs looked set to have a crack at the title by the time spring arrived and certain to claim at least third spot and an automatic place in Europe’s elite competition.
A host of top clubs will be keeping a keen eye on proceedings at White Hart Lane, with Chelsea likely to head a queue for midfield maestro Luka Modrić and some of the big spenders digging into their pockets for Gareth Bale.
Chairman Daniel Levy did exceptionally well to hold on to his stars last summer, but he may be forced to cash in on at least one following Saturday night’s events.
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