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Di Matteo not the man for the blues!

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Chelsea have today announced the decision not to extend the contract of interim manager Roberto Di Matteo. The blues legend guided the team to both Champions League and FA Cup glory in his brief term at the club, yet these achievement have been deemed not good enough by ambitious owner Roman Abramovich. Roberto didn't wish to make a statement after the news broke and its believed the Italian is understandably devastated by the news. Jose Mourinho has been installed as the early front runner for the now vacant role at the bridge.


Newton and co jump ship!

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Following on from the news that Roberto Di Matteo isn't to be offered a new contract with Chelsea, it has now come to light that a whole host of backroom staff have resigned from their respective positions at the club. Most notably Eddie Newton who Di Matteo brought in to assist him at the bridge. The mass exodus leaves just Steve Holland, Christophe Lollichon, Mark Beeney, George Ripton and Neil Bath remaining. Its clear the new man has a lot of work to do on arrival and will need to move swiftly to bring in some of his own staff.


Mourinho rules himself out of the running

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Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has today ruled himself out of the running for the vacant Chelsea hotseat. Mourinho claimed that he still has goals to achieve in Spain and that he wont be jumping ship. He did however express his desire to once again manage in England again one day, just not yet. Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has now been installed as the bookies favorite with many blues fans praying he is not the next chosen one.

Current odds courtesy of SkyBet

Rafa Benitez 2/1
David Moyes 6/1
Josep Guardiola 6/1
Manuel Pellegrini 12/1
George Ripton 18/1
Diego Maradonna 20/1
Steve Holland 22/1
Ray Wilkins 22/1

 
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Abramovich defends decision as Ripton lands the job!

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Chelsea's billionaire owner Roman Abramovich has backed his decision to give the Chelsea job to George Ripton who was announced as the new head coach today. Many fans and pundits alike have been left in a state of shock, firstly that Di Matteo was deemed no longer wanted and secondly that Ripton, a managerial rookie is set to replace him. Roman explained that George who was already at the club as a youth team coach was the standout candidate following countless interviews with perspective coaches. Ripton is thought to favor a free flowing attractive style of football and after working so closely with the youth side in recent years its believed that he will focus on developing his own players. It remains to be seen as to whether this appointment will go down as a stroke of genius or a horrific mistake, only time will tell.


Wilkins back as number two

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Ray Wilkins is back on the Chelsea coaching staff for a third time after new coach George Ripton moved quickly to bring him in as his assistant. Ray is said to be delighted to be back at the club and to again be working with close friend Ripton, of whom he told us will be a great success. Also joining the club are Phil Cannon, Kevin Ball, Massimo Neri, Carlos Pracidelli, Paul Winsper, Mark Howard and Martin Keown as the new boss moves quickly to re structure his coaching staff.
 
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Will Hughes is Ripton's first signing

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New Chelsea boss George Ripton has made his signing of the season bringing in the highly sought after Derby County prospect Will Hughes. The youngster joins for a fee or around £1 million. Hughes is unlikely to feature much in the first team plans this season but many pundits are tipping the young playmaker to have a very bright future ahead of him. Going the other way though are Reece Louden, Danny Stenning and James Ashton who have been released by the Blues.



United duo make switch to London

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Coaching duo Brian McClair and Paul McGuinness have made a surprising switch to join Chelsea, both men are reportedly close to the new Chelsea head coach and join a growing back room staff that's being created down at Stamford Bridge. Also joining the pair is John Versleeuwen plus an influx from Brazil including Omar Feitosa, Anselmo Sbraglia, Fernando Moraes and Batista Dos Santos. Its thought these have been brought in to aid the Brazilian contingent at the Bridge which includes Oscar, David Luiz and Ramires.

 
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