Chelsea welcomed a new coach in Rafael Benitez and closed the door on a potentially explosive controversy in English football on yet another turbulent day for the European champions.
With priceless timing, Benitez was presented Thursday as the team's ninth manager in nine years just minutes after Chelsea's complaint that one of its black players had been subjected to racist abuse by a referee was dismissed by the Football Association.
To many clubs, the scenario would prove acutely embarrassing. Yet for the soap opera that is Chelsea Football Club, it's simply another day at the office.
Only at Chelsea would the manager be fired six months after winning the Champions League, the biggest prize in club football. Yet, that was the fate that befell Roberto Di Matteo on Wednesday.
In typically brutal fashion, Di Matteo was given the news at a 4 a.m. training-ground meeting - on the team's return from a Champions League defeat against Juventus in Italy - by the advisors of ruthless Ru...