Di Matteo 'faces Chelsea axe' as Abramovich eyes Guardiola
After four games without a win Blues boss finds his head on the chopping block
ROBERTO DI MATTEO may have fulfilled Roman Abramovich's dream of turning Chelsea into the champions of Europe, but his head is now on the Stamford Bridge chopping block after a run of four league games without a win for the Blues.
The Daily Mail reports that the Italian could follow in the footsteps of Andre Villas-Boas, Luis Felipe Scolari and Jose Mourinho and find himself out of a job midway through the season after failing to meet the owner's expectations.
The Blues' bad run of form continued at the weekend as they lost 2-1 to Di Matteo's old club, West Brom, currently managed by former Chelsea coach Steve Clarke.
"After starting the season so well, Chelsea's campaign is in danger of falling apart, causing owner Roman Abramovich to lose his patience," says the Mail.
And it invokes the spectre of former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, who has been linked to several high-profile posts since he walked away from the Camp Nou at the end of last season. With the Spaniard waiting in the wings, Di Matteo must turn things round against Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday and then league leaders Manchester City.
"These are vital matches for Di Matteo, with Abramovich aware that former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola wants to work at Chelsea when he returns to management next summer," explains the Mail, which appears to have a mole in the Chelsea camp.
The paper backs up its claim that Di Matteo could be on the way out by reporting details of a post-match bust-up in the Chelsea dressing room after Saturday's defeat at the Hawthorns. Interestingly, it obtained a similar insight into the goings on behind closed doors when Chelsea lost to Manchester United in the league and subsequently complained about referee Mark Clattenburg.
According to the Mail goalkeeper Petr Cech "was at the centre of a heated dressing-room row" after the game against West Brom as voices were raised "amid a flurry of expletives".