A Premier League manager was fired in West London Wednesday morning. His highly paid players were underperforming. His team hadn't won a league game this month. And hours before, he had uttered those famous last words of the coaching profession, "At the moment, I am here and I think I will be for the future."
But it wasn't
"The team's recent performances and results have not been good enough," Chelsea said in a statement, "and the owner and the Board felt that a change was necessary now to keep the club moving in the right direction as we head into a vitally important part of the season."
The club announced Wednesday night that Di Matteo's successor would be Rafa Benitez, the former Liverpool and Inter Milan manager. Benitez won the Champions League and the FA Cup in his six years in England.