Vialli questions Di Matteo decision

Former Chelsea boss Gianluca Vialli has questioned the club’s decision to place Roberto di Matteo in interim charge, talkSPORT reports.

Andre Villas-Boas was sacked following a 1-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion and a poor run of form has seen the Blues drop outside of the top four. Chelsea have won only three out of their last 12 games and Roman Abramovich has placed Villas-Boas’ former assistant Roberto di Matteo in interim charge at the club. Vialli managed the Blues between 1998-2000 and led them to FA Cup and League Cup glory, so has great interest in the club’s fortunes.

The Italian believes a complete change of personnel at managerial level would have been a more effective decision, but has wished great luck to Di Matteo. Vialli said: ‘Personally, I don’t like it at all when the manager gets sacked and his assistant stays in charge. I thought they were a partnership. Having said that, good luck to RDM. Hope he can steady the ship’.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich held a meeting with the players and Villas-Boas when he made his decision and showed his frustrations that the players were all working for their futures at the club. The Russian billionaire is upset at the dressing room unrest and agonised over the decision to dismiss Villas-Boas, who has been at Stamford Bridge less than nine months.

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