I can’t say that I am surprised but I am in a way. Roberto Di Matteo comes across as a bloody nice bloke, both as Chelsea manager and Villa’s more recently. The prefix ‘ex-‘ will be appended to both now.
Dr Tony Xia administered the axe and took to social media to offer a little more insight into the decision, as much as 140 characters can.
Yes.Being given very limited time&choices in June, we can’t say all wrong decision as Robbie contributed a lots2select players&rebuilt team. https://t.co/quezmtrNXu
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) October 3, 2016
So the decision was rushed and options were limited. A little harsh on a man who had won a Champions League previously. OK, I’m well aware of the disparaging comments which detract his contribution to that victory but that sort of tittle-tattle inevitably has its foundations in the ego of the teller and a nasty streak in their character.
But ultimately, Di Matteo paid for the results. The performance at Preston got the result it deserved and the 0 – 2 defeat wouldn’t have helped his cause. Nor would one expect a solitary victory over Rotherham to hold much sway in the boardroom.
More than anything, the consistent late conceding of goals indicates what you might call a ‘structural’ problem. Sometimes, teams can have lapses in concentration but I’ve struggled to recall another club who have done so on such a regular basis. The squad had their hands on the self-destruct button and were slapping it repeatedly. Eleven points have been dropped from winning positions and it was Di Matteo’s problem to solve. He didn’t and in a business where the Premier League is all, he paid the ultimate price.
The search begins for the owner, with a number of former England managers probably thinking of throwing their hats into the ring. Please God, no. Whether the talent pool is any deeper now than it was four months ago is debatable but it’s fair to say that whilst the new manager has a decent squad to work with, he has a lot of work to do when it comes to forging a team out of it.
Motivation will be key and his opening gambit will most likely be along the lines of ‘You got the last one sacked; you’ll be gone before me!’. And as much as getting the right manager is imperative – and Dr Tony didn’t get this one right so taking a bit of time now might be in order.
Early moments yet but already candidates are throwing their hats into the ring. Well, they weren’t, their seconds were; nothing as vulgar as self-promotion. Steve Bruce is making the early running which for a man in his condition is fairly impressive. Tactics Tim Sherwood doesn’t believe in not going back to a former glory but for me, I’d prefer Bruce’s broken nose even with his ‘past’. A ‘past’ which includes a promotion which no-one cares to mention.
Some interesting names are being mentioned but Stan Collymore’s chances are marginally slimmer than mine at taking the job and I’d question whether Ryan Giggs has the right experience. Chris Coleman and Martin O’Neill are hardly likely to throw in the towel with their international jobs whilst Dwight Yorke was a fine player. Not much managerial work though.
Typical fare really and I suspect Bruce fits the club’s profile. It will be more a question of whether the club thinks he has too much baggage. We shall see.