MARCH 2012, and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is on the phone to Roberto di Matteo.
“Look Roberto, we’re not very good. Would you mind awfully coming and steadying the ship for a few months? Anything else is a bonus.”
Two months later… Di Matteo: “I’ve done that, and I’ve also won you the FA Cup and that Champions League thing you’ve been banging on about.” Abramovich: “Wow, thanks. Have a contract.”
This week… Abramovich: “Okay Roberto, I’m bored now. Do one.”
Such is life at Stamford Bridge, where managers now demand the security of a four-month contract.
The only way the Russian oligarch could further infuriate Chelsea’s fanbase is by approaching someone who has routinely antagonised them by preventing the winning of trophies.
You know, someone like Rafael Benitez.