Found November 21, 2012 on Fox Soccer:
Picimg_soccer_training_2435
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has described Chelsea's decision to sack Roberto Di Matteo as "madness". Di Matteo was axed on Wednesday morning following the Blues' damaging 3-0 Champions League defeat against Juventus in Turin. The loss has left Chelsea on the verge of elimination from a competition Di Matteo memorably won in May to persuade owner Roman Abramovich to appoint him full-time in the summer. Abramovich is now, however, looking for a ninth manager since he took over the club. Ferdinand, who has only worked under Sir Alex Ferguson during his decade at Old Trafford, wrote on his Twitter page: "Wow, Chelsea have sacked their manager!! I'm a bit late I know but its a madness. "The stability at our club is something our manager rarely gets praise for...don't under estimate that. #LambChopped." Newcastle manager Alan Pardew also has expressed his astonishment. Pardew said: "I'm astonished, really. It just goes to show you how precarious we are as Premier League managers, and you can't take anything for granted. "The shock that should be there for the fans and the media should sound something to the owner of that football club because I don't know if that's the ninth manager or whatever it is in so many short years. It's just not fair. "As far as I am concerned, he has done absolutely nothing wrong. His philosophy was to perhaps change the look of the team, which he has tried to do - that doesn't happen overnight - and he's won two competitions in less than a year, so it's unbelievable. "He should walk straight into another job - probably at someone else's misfortune, unfortunately." Wednesday morning's statement from Chelsea revealed they expected to name a replacement for Di Matteo "shortly", with some reports suggesting the new appointment could come in the next 24 hours. Former Chelsea boss Ruud Gullit believes the haste of Di Matteo's departure ensured that the board had already identified the new man and believes it could be Jose Mourinho. "I can't believe that Chelsea just sacked him without knowing who is going to be the next one," Gullit told Sky Sports News. "I will be curious to see what they do in the next couple of days. I can't believe they have just sacked him out of the blue and then they'll be thinking about who is going to be the next one. I don't think so. "I think they have already in mind who is going to be the next one. It could of course be Mourinho, if it happens, I don't know because it is in the middle of the season." Gullit believes Mourinho had already been on the club's radar at the end of last season, before Di Matteo's Champions League success prompted them to appoint the Italian full-time. "I already had a very good feeling that when Robbie won the Champions League that maybe they (the Chelsea board) already had somebody else in the frame to take over," he said. "I don't think they took any notice of the fact that Robbie could win it. "That was the reason I believe that they took so long to sign Robbie because they were looking for other people. In the end they gave it to Robbie. "I always had the feeling that Mourinho was in the frame all the time - for the simple reason that he signed just after Chelsea won the Champions League. "He signed his contract with Real Madrid and for me that is no coincidence."
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Pardew Expresses Astonishment At Roberto de Matteo Sacking

Some really shocking news this morning as Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has been sacked, after his side lost 3-0 at Juventus yesterday in Turin in the European Champions League, and Alan Pardew has expressed his utter surprise at the sacking. Roberto di Matteo – sacked by Chelsea You have to remember that Roberto was [...]

Rovers show Vaulks the door

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is confident his team will come out of their mini-slump soon. The Magpies are without a win in four, and host Maritimo in their Europa League clash on Thursday before tackling Pardew's former club Southampton on Sunday. Pardew admits there is growing pressure on the team but with senior players coming back from injury in the next two weeks, he is...

We’ve Lost Two Home Games – That’s Unacceptable – Pardew

Alan Pardew has come out today and said that Newcastle have entered the Europa League to try to win it, and he has also said that two successive home defeats is simply unacceptable,  for a club like Newcastle United Alan Pardew – two home defeats unacceptable Alan Pardew does not want to use the excuse [...]

Adams hails his super striker

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will be boosted by the return of skipper Fabricio Coloccini and striker Papiss Cisse for Thursday night's Europa League clash with Maritimo. Defender Coloccini is currently serving a three-game domestic ban, but is available in Europe, while striker Cisse can play after being prevented from doing so against Swansea at the weekend after Senegal invoked...

Smith delighted with response

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will be boosted by the return of skipper Fabricio Coloccini and striker Papiss Cisse for Thursday night's Europa League clash with Maritimo. Defender Coloccini is currently serving a three-game domestic ban, but is available in Europe, while striker Cisse can play after being prevented from doing so against Swansea at the weekend after Senegal invoked...

Pardew – Humbled And Unlucky Newcastle Must Now Respond

Alan Pardew talked yesterday about his Newcastle team being humbled in the last two games, when we suffered back to back defeats against West Ham United and Swansea City, which were two games we were looking to pick up maximum points from – at least on paper. Alan Pardew last Sunday on the sideline But [...]

Newcastle Have Striker Problem For Maritimo

Alan Pardew has said today that he is waiting on the fitness of Shola Ameobi, who was due to start alongside Papiss Cisse in Newcastle’s 5th Group D game in the Europa League tomorrow night at St. James’ Park. Shola Ameobi – has groin problem Shola has struggled with niggly little injuries all his career [...]

Concerns All Around At Newcastle

It seems that Alan Pardew is not alone in realizing that the squad he has this season, is simply not big enough to compete in Europe, and the Newcastle manager has said the owner and the Managing Director are well aware of the current situation at the club. Alan Pardew – we are all concerned [...]

Why Can Newcastle Not Match Top Clubs Financially?

Alan Pardew has talked about how Newcastle cannot match the top clubs on a financial basis, but surely with the financial books now being balanced, and extra revenues flowing in from Wonga from the shirt deal, and crowds at St. James’ Park being around 50,000 again, we should be starting to see money coming into [...]

Newcastle Star – I Feel At Home And Happy Here

David Santon was with Alan Pardew and Jonas Gutierrez yesterday, as they hosted a Show Racism The Red Card event with pupils of Corbridge Middle School, Percy Main Primary School and Chillingham Road Primary School at St James’ Park yesterday. David Santon – talks about race relations England seems to be a lot better with [...]

Newcastle Unlikely To Stay In Europe Next Season

Alan Pardew is getting to grips with the fact that Newcastle are struggling in the Premier League in a season where we are doing quite well in the Europa league, currently lying top of Group D, and a win tonight at home to Maritimo can see us qualify for the knockout rounds of the competition. [...]

Update – It’s Good News On Nile Ranger

The Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has said young Nile Ranger still has a long way to go, and has a lot of making up to do at Newcastle with himself and the other players, but the news this morning is that he’s been turning up on time for training, which is unusual for the [...]

Can This Midfielder Step Up To The Plate For Newcastle?

With all the doom and gloom being reported this week, Alan Pardew has pointed to several positive things that came out of the 2-1 defeat against Swansea City on Sunday afternoon at St. James’ Park, although not much has been said about anything positive this week,  after our third defeat in the last four Premier [...]

Cabaye out for several weeks

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has confirmed that midfielder Yohan Cabaye is to undergo surgery which will sideline him for several weeks. The France international will have an operation on his damaged groin either later this week or at the beginning of next week after limping out of the Barclays Premier League defeat by West Ham two weekends ago. Pardew said: "He will definitely...

Things May Get Worse Before They Get Better At Newcastle

Alan Pardew has had even more bad luck following our two home defeats in a row, and Yohan Cabaye seems to be ruled out for a couple of months at least with his groin injury, and the decision about whether he should have surgery has still to be made. Yohan Cabaye – could be out [...]
Soccer News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.