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Chelsea sack boss Di Matteo, build-up to tonight's Champions League ties including Man City and Arsenal, plus more.

21 November 2012 Last updated at 18:41 GMT

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  1. 1841: 

    If you want to catch up with the day's biggest sporting news then Sportsday is about to begin on the BBC News channel and on this website. Tom Rostance has also started live text commentary on this evening's Champions League matches which means it's time to bring today's edition of Sportsday to a close. We'll be up and running again on Thursday.

  2. 1837: 

    More from Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas on the sacking of Roberto di Matteo as Chelsea manager: "He has achieved so much in such a little amount of time.

    "His CV is maybe one of the best in the world now - he has won the Champions League and the FA Cup too.

    "It was difficult for Robbie and I wish him well for the rest of his career. Regarding the club, it's their decision, it's what they think will take them forward but other than that I can't comment."


    David Williams "It is predicted that by the year 2025, you will be no more than 6 feet away from an ex Chelsea manager."

    Diamond Phil on Twitter: "Sacked! Not surprised, I've had some lows in my ten years supporting Chelsea but this week we hit rock bottom."

    Enrico Snell on Twitter: "Benitez appointment makes sense. He was getting the best out of Torres. But that's one player. Can he get the best out of the rest?"


    Sean Patrick on Twitter: "I personally don't think RDM is a good manager, very lucky to win the big matches by playing hyper defensive football..."

    Jonny Hurrell on Twitter: "You've gotta bring Guus Hiddink back - he has the highest win percentage of any chelsea manager ever!"

    Shabz Rehman on Twitter: "If any manager wants to ruin their career they will go for the CFC job. Even a blip will get u fired and who wants that on their CV."

  5. 1825: 

    Andre Villas-Boas thinks managerial changes are so frequent at Chelsea that he described Roberto Di Matteo's sacking as "just another day at the office" for the club.

    Roman Abramovich has now fired seven managers since he bought the Stamford Bridge club nine years ago and Villas-Boas, who lasted just nine months before being replaced by Di Matteo, criticised Chelsea for their lack of stability.

    "At Chelsea, I think another sacking is just like any other day at the office," said the Tottenham manager. "That's my interpretation."

  6. 1824: 

    Everton midfielder Ross Barkley feels his experience on loan at Sheffield Wednesday will help him in his bid to win a first-team place under David Moyes.

    The 18-year-old returned to the club's Finch Farm training ground this week after his two-month stay at Hillsborough came to an end.

    Barkley believes playing regularly in the npower Championship has improved him and he is looking to continue to progress under Moyes, who watched him in person twice during his loan spell.

    "It was nice to know he was watching," said the teenager, who scored four times in 13 appearances.

    "It shows he wants to know how I'm getting on, how I'm progressing and how I'm learning. Now I just want to make an impression. I believe I'm better prepared now, more consistent."

  7. 1813: 

    Durham seamer Chris Rushworth has signed a new deal with the club.

    The 26-year-old has agreed terms on a contract until the end of the 2014 season after an impressive return of 38 wickets in last season's LV County Championship.

    He said: "I'm delighted to sign a new contract extension with Durham CCC. 2012 was a tough season for the club but on a personal level I was delighted to take 38 Championship wickets, and felt for the first time I'd really established myself in the first team."


    Mark Pougatch on Twitter: "@bbc5live at 1900GMT commentary City v Real, @RobbieSavage8 in attendance. I'm at Emirates for Arsenal v Montpellier. Martin Keown keeping order."


    Kieran McNamee on Twitter: "Benitez would be an appalling choice. He could prove me wrong, but that's the trophies out of the window."

    Nik Porteous on Twitter: "Rafa to be the Chelsea gaffer?? Surely not! I reckon John Terry will have a say, cannot see him backing Benitez."

    LB Ding on Twitter: "Surely only the unemployed would take the Chelsea job. I don't think even Fergie could outlast Abromovich's trigger finger."

  10. 1801: 

    Force India are to receive a £50m cash injection in a bid to improve their performances next season.

    The money will be used to invest in new equipment, given that the team continues to work with some from the era when the team was formerly known as Jordan.

    Although Force India has collected their largest points haul in their history, they are poised to finish sixth in the constructors' championship, a place worse off than last year.

  11. 1755: 

    Steven Finn has not been ruled out of the rest of England's tour following the scan on his thigh injury.

    Finn is to remain in Mumbai to continue his rehab with a view to him playing for the England Performance Squad in their match on 27 November.


    mRdAVIDbORWICK on Twitter: "Why would Pep go to Chelsea? Such a classy manager deserves better. Go to AC Milan until Fergie retires."

    Khasto on Twitter: "Sacking RDM is another reason why Pep Guardiola will never be a Chelsea manager. Money vs Respect."

    Mike Spence on Twitter: "Rafa is not a long term solution & in Roman's eyes, nor was RDM. Why replace one short term with another? Seems counterproductive."

  13. 1749: 

    Didi Hamann has backed Rafa Benitez to take the vacant manager's position at Chelsea, should he be offered the post.

    The former Liverpool and Germany midfielder, who played under Benitez at Anfield, told BBC Sport: "He is a very talented and outstanding manager.

    "The only issue I can see is whether a man of Benitez's calibre is joining the club for just six months. That would be the only stumbling block in my book.

    "But then again, it would be a fantastic opportunity for him to get back into management and do well at Chelsea. He's always made it clear he wants to win trophies and he wants to work in England, and there are not too many clubs in England where you have got the opportunity to win the league."


    Luke Tye on Twitter: "Give the post to a younger manager looking for experience. It's effectively become a six month internship so what's to lose!"

    Christopher Miles on Twitter: "Please Roman not Benitez. He's already ruined good sides at Liverpool and Inter. He is NOT the way forward."

    Andy Pinkham on Twitter: "Would love to see Harry Redknapp get the Chelsea Job, he and Abramovich would be a fantastic clash or characters."

    Keep sending in your thoughts on the Chelsea situation using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  15. 1740: 

    The International Rugby Board (IRB) has appealed against a one-week ban handed to New Zealand's Adam Thomson for stamping on the head of an opponent because it was "unduly lenient".

    Flanker Thomson was cited for contact with Alasdair Strokosch's head after the All Blacks' 51-22 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield on 1 November.

  16. 1735: 

    Julian Tsang on Twitter: "There should be a transfer windows for managers, by doing this they won't get the sack too often."

    Tom Hiom on Twitter: "It's just hit me how I'm so used to seeing my club sacking its managers; I can vividly remember the last six. It shouldn't be."

    Calum Leslie on Twitter: "Just throwing this out there....Di Matteo for the Scotland job."

  17. 1732: 

    Head coach Andy Robinson will demand the best performance of the autumn from his Scotland players in Saturday's Test with Tonga in Aberdeen.

    Scotland have shown glimpses of their potential against New Zealand and South Africa, but ultimately fell short against the sides ranked first and second in the world.

    It means whatever the result at Pittodrie, Scotland will be in the third tier of seeds for next month's 2015 World Cup draw and will face a tough challenge in the tournament.

    "We've gone through the game together and there were a number of aspects, a bit like the New Zealand game, where you can look at the real positives about what we've done," said Robinson.

    "(But) the game of rugby is about being able to perform for 80 minutes and that's a key area for us this week. You put together 35, 40 minutes of what we did against New Zealand with 35, 40 minutes of what we did against South Africa and there's an 80-minute performance for us."


    Opoku-Appiah Manu on Twitter: "What will be the benchmark for the new #CFC manager? The treble I'm guessing."

    George Fisher on Twitters: "I don't know why Chelsea are moaning about getting Rafa! No top managers want that job, not with Trigger-finger Roman!!"

    Gareth Jones on Twitter: "Is this going to be the start of a big downfall for Chelsea or will it be the start of a bright future?"

  19. 1717: 

    Shakhtar Donetsk forward Luiz Adriano has been charged by Uefa for disrespecting Champions League opponent Nordsjaelland by scoring an uncontested goal after a drop ball.

    Uefa says it opened a disciplinary case against Luiz Adriano for "violation of the principles of conduct" in Tuesday's match in Denmark.

    The case will be judged next Tuesday. The controversy followed a stoppage in play when a Nordsjaelland player was injured.

    Luiz Adriano infuriated Nordsjaelland players and fans by racing to collect team-mate Willian's kick downfield intended for the home goalkeeper.


    Craig Rimmer on Twitter: "Benitez's one glaring weakness is transfers but he could afford the odd blunder with #cfc budget. Tactically, few are better."

    Kieran Bew on Twitter: "Perhaps David Beckham would like to manage Chelsea?? Nice short commitment..."

    Richard Knight on Twitter: "Without Abramovich Chelsea would have won nothing, let him do what he wants."

    You can send us your thoughts at #bbcsportsday


    Jonathan Edwards on Twitter: "First Shevchenko, now Torres; Di Matteo paying the price for not making the most of Roman's most expensive toy."

    Ian George on Twitter: "re not wanting the Chelsea job, they would queue up down the Fulham Road for the money they would be on for six months work!"

    Callum on Twitter: "Sacking a manager just after losing 3-0 to a side that have only lost twice in the past 18 months is ridiculous."

    Get in touch with your opinion on the Chelsea situation at #bbcsportsday.


    Thomas Turner on Twitter: "If the Champions League is no longer enough for Roman Abramovic, why bring in a manager whose only discernible feature is that he's won just that?"

    Alex Moon on Twitter: "Benitez would be a crazy appointment, extremely backwards, especially seeing as Roman would hate the rotation policy."

    Dilan Amin on Twitter: "Abramovich can do whatever he wants, after all he has made the funds available to buy these new players, cant argue in the end."

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  23. 1658: 

    Former chairman Alastair Johnston believes Rangers will receive no more than "a slap on the wrist" following a probe into the use of dual contracts for players .

    The Scottish Premier League will decide whether its own rules were broken.

    "But whatever transgression Rangers had is worthy of not much more than a slap on the wrist," said Johnston. "And I suspect that's exactly where they will go.

  24. 1653: 

    Brendan Rodgers feels the backing given to him by owners Fenway Sports Group helped get him through a difficult start to his career as Liverpool manager.

    "If you believe in a manager and put him in place and give him time what has been proven in this country is that can lead to success," he said.

    "I think those early months were always going to be difficult; you are trying to instil and implement ideas initially without a great deal of success."

  25. 1649: 

    Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata on Facebook: "It's been a difficult day. Roberto Di Matteo is no longer our manager. I would like to thank him for all this time with us and wish him the best of luck for the future.

    "As a player he has been a legend for the 'Blues'. With him as a manager we won our first Champions League. He will always be remembered. Good luck Robbie!"


    Leo Rytina on Twitter: "Today feels as bad as the day I woke up for school to Jose's sacking - both days to the same text from my dad saying 'He's gone'."

    James Umpleby on Twitter: "Benitez ruined a potential title winning Liverpool side by selling Alonso, then ruined a treble winning Inter side."

    Joshua King on Twitter: "Chelsea fans' sense of entitlement is repugnant. Where were you 10 years ago? Abramovich put that silver spoon in your mouths."

    Roberto Di Matteo has been sacked by Chelsea and Rafael Benitez is the favourite to take over. What do you think? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  27. 1641: 

    Aston Villa's Brett Holman is "honoured" to have been named Australian footballer of the year by his country's football federation.

    "It has been a long, hard road and a battle, but I've achieved some great things in 2012," said Holman. "It's a great honour."


    Ben Barton on Twitter: "I'd be amazed if Rafa took the job after everything he's said in the past about waiting for a club with the right 'project'."

    A Plender on Twitter: "I cannot get over all these precious Chelsea fans poo pooing Benitez as a stop-gap. They're lucky to have him as an option."

    Seerat Singh on Twitter: "Benitez joining Chelsea is a joke. If he is that good, how come he is still unemployed? What he did he do with Inter?"

    What do you think about Rafael Benitez being the favourite to replace Roberto Di Matteo at Chelsea? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  29. 1634: 

    PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has urged Uefa to take the "strongest possible action" against Serbia at tomorrow's disciplinary hearing into racist chanting during the European Under-21 play-off against England.

    He said: "If the Serbian FA are found guilty then we would want UEFA to take the strongest possible action. Everybody was shocked by the racist chanting at that match and there needs to be a deterrent."

  30. 1633: 

    The battle for Portsmouth will be heard at the High Court of Justice on 13 and 14 December.

    Administrators PKF agreed a conditional agreement to sell the club to the Pompey Supporters' Trust last week.

    However, that sale is conditional on PKF first gaining permission to sell Fratton Park - the club's stadium which is controlled by Balram Chainrai.


    Charlie Chetwood on Twitter: "It's the board's job to sack managers, not Abramovich's. Do people really think a man with his annual income is that hands on?"

    T Richards on Twitter: "Roman Abramovich has to look at the long term future of the club. Roberto Di Matteo made great signings and was building a world class team."

    Mark Miles on Twitter: "I'm laughing at the people who think Roman has to answer to the Chelsea fans. He lets you watch HIS club and can do what he wants."

    What do you think about the situation at Chelsea? Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  32. 1626: 

    John Macmillan, secretary of the Rangers Supporters Clubs, has called for a hearing into alleged undisclosed payments to players to be scrapped in the wake of the club's 'big tax case' success.

    He said: "I would like to see it scrapped. If they do want to go ahead with it, you can be assured that we, as Rangers supporters, will back the club the whole way to fight this case with the SPL. I think the SPL has to have another look at this. I hope they will have another look and that common-sense will prevail at the end of the day."


    Euan Fulton on Twitter: "If Roman is so impatient with managers, where does he find the patience to stand by £50 million flops like Torres?"

    Matt Coppins on Twitter: "Forgetting Liverpool for a second, Benitez inherited a treble winning squad at Inter and did very poorly."

    David Webb on Twitter: "Don't get the obsession with Pep Guardiola. He had three greats in Messi, Xavi, Inesta in a team who are no weaker now he has left."

    What do you think? Get in touch at #bbcsportsday.

  34. 1619: 

    Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley speaking to BBC Radio 5 live about what Roman Abramovich will do next: "I didn't see Roberto Di Matteo as a long-term solution and I don't see Rafael Benitez as a long-term solution either.

    "If Abramovich is killing time until (Guardiola) is available he better make sure he's locked down because if he decides to go somewhere else he's in trouble because he's built his business model around getting this guy."

  35. 1617: 

    Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley speaking to BBC Radio 5 live about the situation at Stamford Bridge: "They've played some nice football and signed some cracking players but it's not about the form or recent results.

    "There's a bigger picture and he's always been a stop gap and Roman Abramovich wants to make a change. I don't see the point in bringing in Rafael Benitez for six months before Pep Guardiola may or may not be available. I don't see the point."

  36. 1612: 

    Leeds fans have expressed their disappointment that owner Ken Bates will be staying on as president at Elland Road following the completion of the club's takeover by Bahrain-based investment bank GFH Capital.

    "We're very pleased the deal has finally been done and that six agonisingly-long months for Leeds United supporters can be put to an end," Leeds United Supporters' Trust chairman Gary Cooper said.

    "My members are already asking me, going forward, why does the club need or want Ken Bates as president? His tenure at the club has not been one of success."

  37. 1609: 

    BBC horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght: "French racing authorities have banned Frankie Dettori from riding in France pending a disciplinary inqiry in to the positive dope test he gave in September. The inquiry will be held within the next two weeks although they still will not say what the substance was."


    Rob Stott on Twitter: "I can't believe Chelsea fans are calling Benitez a bad manager. Wins La Liga with Valencia and wins Champions League with Liverpool."

    Shyamil Tanna on Twitter: "Why do people think Rafa can get the best out of Torres! He wasn't firing towards the end of Rafa's Liverpool stay back then!"

    Ryan Heatly on Twitter: "Sacking Di Matteo is nonsense, but I cannot believe people can be angry at Abramovich. Without his money, no success."

    Get in touch at #bbcsportsday.

  39. 1604: 

    "Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea's latest managerial casualty, was sacked by chairman Bruce Buck and chief executive Ron Gourlay during a lengthy meeting at the club's training ground in Cobham in the early hours of Wednesday morning," says BBC Sports editor David Bond.

    Read his analysis of the Chelsea situation on our football page.


    Joshua Banks on Twitter: "It's time for Roman Abramovich to answer to the Chelsea fans and give his reasons behind his spoilt and childish behaviour."

    Kristian Adams on Twitter: "What more could Abramovich want, a Champions League winning manager and a person the players respect ... Bad choice, good luck next in line."

    David Truland on Twitter: "Wouldn't Harry be a logical choice for Chelsea? Perhaps beating QPR to the gun?"

    What do you think about Rafa Benitez flying to London to talk to Chelsea? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  41. 1553: 

    BBC Sport understands Rafa Benitez is flying to London from Abu Dhabi to hold further managerial talks with Chelsea.

  42. 1553: 

    Steven Finn is to remain part of England's Test tour of India after having scans on his injured thigh.

    There was some concern that that the fast bowler would be ruled out of the series but Finn now hopes to be able to test his recovery in a three-day match for the England Performance Programme squad in Mumbai next week.

  43. 1550: 

    Peterborough have signed West Brom midfielder George Thorne on loan until 3 January. The 19-year-old has made two League Cup starts this season, taking his total of Albion appearances to 10.


    Edward Phillips on Twitter: "One of the downsides of having a billionaire bankroll your club is that he gets to do whatever he likes with it."

    Chase Rasmussen on Twitter: "Fans are delusional if they really believe they can land a top name manager. No one will want that job anymore."

    James Millen on Twitter: "In sport where individuals earn hundreds of thousands per week, why do people suddenly start talking ethics when a manager gets sacked?"

    Let us know what you think at #bbcsportsday.

  45. 1543: 

    Northampton Saints academy manager Alan Dickens is to act as temporary backs coach with the first team.

    He steps up after Paul Grayson left the club by mutual consent after 19 years. "What we need is some new ideas. Alan will change things up and he's got his own ideas," director of rugby Jim Mallinder told BBC Northampton.


    Kayode Akinpelu on Twitter: "As a Chelsea fan, ask me and I'll pick Benitez ahead of Pep. Benitez knows the Premier League and Chelsea better than Pep. Plain truth."

    Ben Kew on Twitter: "Am I only the person to throw David Moyes in the mixer here?"

    Purav Patel on Twitter: "Roman Abramovich. The modern day Henry VIII."

    Get involved in the debate over Roberto Di Matteo's sacking at #bbcsportsday.

  47. 1539: 

    Barnet joint-head coach Edgar Davids is not concerned his side has slipped to the bottom of the Football League.

    He told BBC London 94.9: "I really see a lot of positive things to go ahead with in the things we are doing right now and the system we play. It's going to be like a little dance. I'm not really worried. I am happy with the progression."

  48. 1535: 

    South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer is relieved to be able to include his "enforcer" Eben Etzebeth to face England after the lock was cleared of an eye-gouging charge.

    "It makes a huge difference (to have Etzebeth available)," Meyer said. "He is playing great rugby. He has shown himself against the All Blacks and Australia and he is close to being one of the best locks in the world. He is one of the enforcers in the team."

  49. 1530: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits he is feeling for Roberto Di Matteo after the Italian was sacked by Chelsea.

    He said: "It's disappointing. Obviously whenever you're in the position as a manager you know it's an extremely tough business, so you're always looking out for other managers as well because you know the pressures that you face, in particular at the big clubs where that demand for success is incredible.

    "I felt for Robbie. He went in there and he's done a brilliant job. It's incredible really that you can win the Champions League and win a domestic cup competition and yet find yourself being out of a job."


    Marc Woods on Twitter: "If Chelsea appoint a new manager today it proves Roberto Di Matteo was always getting the sack this morning regardless of the Juve result."

    Trevor Forde on Twitter: "I'm getting the feeling of a rush decision here. Is Mancini about be sacked as well. Is there a case of who gets to Pep first?"

    Robert Davis on Twitter: "Can't help but think 'Torres out', 'Falcao or Neymar in' would have been a better move rather than a change of manager."

    Do you agree? Get in touch at #bbcsportsday.

  51. 1526: 

    Former Chelsea striker Kerry Dixon speaking to BBC Radio 5 live about who should take over from Roberto Di Matteo: "My own guess is they will continue to change until they get the right person and put Chelsea at the top of the tree and they have the financial clout to do it. There's no guarantee Pep Guardiola could repeat what he did at Barcelona at Chelsea. It's a totally different challenge.

    "The man that's made it all happen is the man that's hired and fired the managers and given Chelsea the opportunity to compete and the supporters the opportunity to watch world class players."

  52. 1521: 

    Former Chelsea striker Kerry Dixon speaking to BBC Radio 5 live about Roberto Di Matteo's dismissal: "Surprised yes, I feel sorry for Robbie but bear in mind what's gone before and no-one knows what his brief is and Champions League qualification would have been high on the agenda and that's looking unlucky Robbie has paid the price for that.

    "The instant reaction was feeling sorry for Robbie. He was a great player for the club and the first manager to lift the Champions League for the club and won the FA cup in his first year. It's a shame for him really.

    "The club is in transition, trying to play a more attractive style with younger, more dynamic, players but it's going to take time and Robbie wasn't going to be given that time if results didn't go his way and the last five results were poor ones."

  53. 1516: 

    Chris Henry insists Ireland's training has taken on a combative edge as they approach yet another critical showdown with Argentina.

    "The atmosphere's boiling up. Losing two weeks ago was one of the hardest moments I've had to face in my rugby career," the Ulster openside said. "Losing at home, it was hard to take. I didn't think it would hurt as much, but it did."

  54. 1514: 

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has insisted owner Mike Ashley is well aware of the strains European football is placing on his injury-hit squad.

    Pardew said: "We are all concerned. It's not like it's just heaped on myself and 'Get on with it'. "The managing director and the owner are very conscious of where we are and we are trying to make sure that we look at the period and events leading up to the next window, and we will react from there."

  55. 1512: 

    Joey Barton on Twitter: "Is everyone really that surprised by Chelsea-ovich getting rid of their latest play thing? It's football after all. If it's not broken, fix it."


    Jared Oladele on Twitter: "Gutted for Roberto Di Matteo. He really had a go at it and really needed more time. Forget Benitez, Guardiola's the man."

    Eugene King on Twitter: "For those arguing for stability at Chelsea, switching managers every six months has delivered great results. Hard to argue."

    Josh Lines on Twitter: "I've never felt more disillusioned as a Chelsea fan. Disgraceful decision. I hope there are protests against Roman Abramovich."

    Do you agree? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  57. 1506: 

    Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali fears Fernando Alonso's Formula One world title hopes could be scuppered this weekend unless his team give the Spaniard a fighting chance in qualifying.

    "We always say it, but we need to improve our qualifying pace. Unfortunately, in Austin we had one of the worst qualifyings of our championship."

  58. 1504: 

    Neil Lennon will ignore how Barcelona approach their final Group G game against Benfica to concentrate on Celtic maximising their Champions League last-16 chances against Spartak Moscow.

    Lennon said: "I can't comment on other teams, other teams' line-ups and other managers, they have to do the best for their own clubs.

    "I'm only focusing on the Spartak game, I won't even look at the other result until after the 90 minutes."


    Alex Lowson on Twitter: "I still can't get over the fact that Chelsea have sacked one of their most successful managers in recent history."

    Ahmed Eltayeb on Twitter: "Chelsea fans would never forget Rafa's attitude towards them. Not welcome."

    Tom Whittock on Twitter: "As a Chelsea fan, I will only accept Rafa as manager if he gets Torres back to world class and wins at least two trophies."

    What do you think? Get in touch at #bbcsportsday.

  60. 1459: 

    England centre Jonathan Joseph welcomes comparisons to Jeremy Guscott but is aware the real challenge is to live up to them.

    "I quite like the comparison. I've been told it a few times and it's great to be compared to a player like Jeremy Guscott. It's a great honour," Joseph said. "I just have to keep working hard on what I am trying to bring to rugby and my game."


    Thomas Graham on Twitter: "Abramovich won't be happy until he gets Guardiola. We'll have this discussion again in a few months if they hire Benitez."

    Matt Truckle on Twitter: "If the job is given to Rafa, Roman Abramovich can have his season tickets back."

    Charlie Tate on Twitter: "Pretty certain that Pep Guardiola hasn't even heard of West Brom, who beat Chelsea on the weekend? No Premier League experience/knowledge."

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  62. 1455: 

    Bournemouth loan striker Brett Pitman says he was not given enough chances to prove himself at Bristol City.

    "I didn't get a run in the (City) side but I don't know why," the 24-year-old told BBC South Today. "When I played I did alright and my goals-to-start ratio was very good. I just didn't get enough chances."


    Lewis Byrne on Twitter: "The next Chelsea manager should be Abramovich. Get off the sideline and into the game Roman - clearly no-one else is good enough!"

    Rishi Verma on Twitter: "Benitez won't take the job on a short-term basis. He has never identified himself as a stop-gap, so why start at Chelsea?"

    Dilip Venkitachalam on Twitter: "Wonder what Man City make of this. They will worry Abramovich has beaten them to Pep? Not long before Cristiano Ronaldo dumps City out of the Champions League."

    Get in touch at #bbcsportsday.

  64. 1449: 

    Rory McIlroy is now so good he should be aiming to win at least one major championship every year, according to Europe's Ryder Cup talisman Ian Poulter.

    "I certainly think Rory would expect to win at least one major a year the way he has been playing," Poulter said. "The guy is seriously good. You would expect him to be on the leaderboard come Sunday at most of the majors next year - I think everybody's impressed by him."


    Kazuki Uemoto on Twitter: "Can money buy patience?"

    Nick Dyson on Twitter: "I think Guardiola will take one look at Chelsea's managerial record and stay well away. I think Rafa will take it short term."

    Adam James on Twitter: "I would only want either Mourinho or Zola to come in."

    What is your take on the Chelsea situation? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  66. 1442: 

    Greece will not compete in the European short-course swimming championships starting this week for the first time in 16 years due to financial problems.

    "We had decided in the summer that we would not attend the European event this year, mainly due to financial reasons," Hellenic Swimming Federation (KOE) president Dimitris Diathesopoulos said.

  67. 1441: 

    Paul Lawrie has the chance this week to make his 21st season on the European Tour his best yet but he does not see it as his last chance.

    "I've still got as much desire as anyone out here to practise and play and put the work in that's needed," Lawrie said at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, where he was runner-up to Alvaro Quiros last December.

    "I don't see why I can't have an even better year next year than I've had this year."

  68. 1438: 

    Barnsley have signed Nottingham Forest midfielder Jonathan Greening on loan until 2 January.

    The 33-year-old is the second Forest player to join the Tykes on a temporary basis in a week after striker Marcus Tudgay moved to Oakwell last week.


    Colin Bundred on Twitter: "How is it possible to be Champions of Europe and the joke of the football world at the same time? Sad really."

    Adam Knight on Twitter: "Favourite for Chelsea job is Rafa Benitez - really? Give it Harry to the end of the season then Pep Guardiola next season."

    Sam Hollis on Twitter: "Paul Elliott saying phrases like - "a club of this magnitude" explains why Chelsea never gain any sympathy from the neutrals.."

    Do you agree? Get in touch at #bbcsportsday.

  70. 1436: 

    Former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair says he is "shocked and disappointed" by the dismissal of Roberto Di Matteo as Chelsea manager.


    Brent Sanders on Twitter: "Abrahmovich should just appoint himself manager like he wants to. It would be far cheaper than sacking everyone who isn't him."

    Daniel Ansell on Twitter: "Quite embarrassed to be a Chelsea fan at the moment. What manager wants a job that is a poison chalice?"

    Dave Lee on Twitter: "Surely Steve Clarke deserves a mention, Chelsea legend and turns out he's not a bad manager either!!"

    What do you think? Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  72. 1424: 

    Chelsea fan David Baddiel speaking to BBC Radio 5 live about Roberto Di Matteo's dismissal: "Roberto is a Chelsea hero and it was probably the first time in a long time we've brought in a manger who was proper Chelsea.

    "What Roberto was trying to do, whether it was him or from pressure upstairs, was change the side. It's had a classic spine and he was trying to change it and since the United game we haven't been able to find a way of doing that transition and we don't have anyone with that physical presence.

    "He was doing well at the start of the season and then suddenly, incredibly quickly, it's gone wrong and that's because the squad doesn't have the strength. Roberto should have had the time but that's not the way it works any more."

  73. 1422: 

    Chelsea fan Trevor Nelson speaking to BBC Radio 5 live about Roberto Di Matteo's dismissal: "I would love to say I'm shocked but I'm not.

    "I'm devoid of feelings about managers for Chelsea anymore and I don't have the reaction I should have. We're used to this at Chelsea.

    "The owner knows what he wants and we're pawns who play along. We're at the whim of an owner and I won't knock Roman Abramovich because he has brought good times to Chelsea, we just knew this was going to happen, maybe not so soon."

  74. 1417: 

    Former Chelsea defender Paul Elliott has backed the decision to sack Roberto Di Matteo as manager and defended Roman Abramovich's hire-and-fire approach.

    "Results and performances haven't been to the level of a club of this magnitude," Elliott told BBC Sport. "Abramovich has always been good for Chelsea and will continue to be."


    Mark Walker on Twitter: "re Graham Roberts' comments, I thought that all Chelsea managers were on a short term contract."

    Tom Harrod on Twitter: "My theory? Roman felt obliged to give Roberto Di Matteo the job full-time after Champions League success, but was always looking for an excuse to get rid."

    Rafeel El Jumaili on Twitter: "Abramovich is actually ruining football. Money, money, money. You can't buy the kind of glory he seems to be expecting."

    Do you agree? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  76. 1411: 

    Hearts have announced that more than £600,000 has been raised at the halfway state of a share offer.

    The Edinburgh club had urged fans to invest in the scheme after the full extent of their financial problems was revealed earlier this month.

    Doubt was cast over the club`s survival after a winding up order was issued over a tax bill of almost £450,000, with Hearts bosses initially fearing last weekend`s game against St Mirren could be their last.


    Peter Theobolds on Twitter: "We (Arsenal) may have had same manager but no trophies. Chelsea chop theirs' regularly and still win. Who is better off?"

    Dan Jelf on Twitter: "If Chelsea hire Benitez they would be going backwards."

    Kofi Basoa on Twitter: "Abramovich needs to be fair to Chelsea fans and football lovers in general by explaining what he wants from his managers."

    What do you think about Chelsea sacking Roberto Di Matteo? Who will they go for next? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  78. 1404: 

    Cardiff have signed Norwich's Simon Lappin on an emergency loan until 1 January.

  79. 1402:  

    On Twitter: "I'm told Di Matteo was sacked by chairman Bruce Buck and CEO Ron Gourlay at training ground in early hours after flight back from Turin."

  80. 1400: 

    Athletic Bilbao's Europa League match away to Hapoel Kiryat Shmona in Israel on Thursday has been postponed for security reasons, Uefa have said.

    "The Uefa emergency panel met today and decided to postpone the match... due to the tense security situation in the region," said European soccer's governing body in a statement.

  81. 1358:  

    Former Chelsea player Graham Roberts tells Radio 5 live: "I didn't think he (Roberto Di Matteo) was going to survive. (Pep) Guardiola, that's who they want. The question is who is going to take over until Guardiola comes?

    "He is having a year off and has probably got another six months to recharge his batteries. I can see Harry Redknapp coming in on a short term basis and being paid very well to do that. Whoever takes it now, it will be on a short term contract."


    Petr Skrivanek on Twitter: "Thank God they don't sell a kit with the coach name at the back. CFC fans wouldn't have a place in their locker room for it."

    Josh on Twitter: "Could Pep Guardiola even survive at #CFC? Even he has had bad runs at Barca in the past. And Roman wants perfection."

    Kartikay on Twitter: "Chelsea were able to attract the likes of Hazard & Oscar because they had CL to offer, a luxury afforded to them by Di Matteo."

    Keep your views coming on Roberto Di Matteo's sacking at Chelsea. Use the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  83. 1344: 

    Scotland make five changes from the team that started against South Africa for Saturday's Test against Tonga in Aberdeen. Max Evans returns at outside centre and replaces Nick De Luca, who is on the bench.

    Henry Pyrgos is handed the starting jersey at scrum-half for the first time instead of Mike Blair, while Scott Lawson will begin his first international since August 2011 at hooker rather than Ross Ford.

    At lock, Alastair Kellock gets the nod over Jim Hamilton to win his 47th cap, while in the back-row Alasdair Strokosch is restored from the calf injury that prevented his involvement against the Springboks.

  84. 1336: 

    Burnley announce a profit of £3.16m for the year ending 30 June 2012. That followed a deficit of £4million for the previous 12 months and was largely due to the sale of striker Jay Rodriguez to Southampton for a reported club record fee of around £7m.

  85. 1332: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon on Twitter: "Shows how precarious a managers job is.R di Matteo wins CL for 1st in Chelsea history.6 months later sacked..go figure."


    Stuart Latarche on Twitter: "RDM for QPR now maybe if they can't land Harry? Wouldn't be a bad job for him, from where they are now he can do no wrong."

  87. 1315: 

    Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor says Chelsea have set an unwelcome record by sacking Roberto Di Matteo just six months after winning the Champions League.

    "I know Roberto well and he is a good man so this is sad news," Taylor said. "It's also quite incredible that he can be sacked so soon after winning the Champions League - and the FA Cup for good measure.

    "It must be a record, and not a good one. It just shows that patience now seems a rare commodity at some clubs and that is a shame because the record of other successful clubs shows that stability can breed success. I am sure that it will not be long before another club recognises Roberto's qualities, and that he will soon be back in football."

  88. 1311: 

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter announces a £315,000 grant to the new national football centre at St George's Park. Football Association chairman David Bernstein, who in 2011 unsuccessfully called for the unopposed election of Blatter to be postponed to allow for a rival to come forward, said the funding reflected better relations between the two organisations.

    "This is fantastic news and reflects Fifa's commitment to raising standards within the game around the world and to our improving relationship with Fifa," Bernstein added.

  89. 1306: 

    Chelsea fans have been having their say on Roberto Di Matteo's exit. More from Trizia Fiorellino, chair of Chelsea Supporters Group, who tells BBC Sport: "Obviously the money will attract managers. However, if you're given the choice between two big clubs and one of them is Chelsea who have the propensity to sack managers at the drop of a hat, which one are you going to choose?"

  90. 1303: 

    Manager Roy Hodgson tells that he is "reasonably satisfied" with the start of England's World Cup qualifying campaign. "I'm not turning cartwheels because we've got eight points from four games," Hodgson said. We're a couple of points behind where we would have liked to have been.

    "If we had ten points, we would have been pretty satisfied given the programme we had. There's a lot of football still to be played, but we'll have a much bigger group of players to choose from in the games coming ahead."

    England are second in their qualifying group, two points behind Montenegro.


    Steven on Twitter: "CFC fans are clearly grateful for the huge investment RA has brought, but his failure to ensure managerial stability is obvious."

    Alex McMullan on Twitter: "Has anyone seen Chelsea play over the past few games? Chelsea were awful both in Europe and at home. Inevitable consequence."

    Harry Eadie on Twitter: "If RDM was a temp manager, why give him a chance to buy his own team (Hazard, Marin, Oscar, Cahill)? Impulse decision by RA."

    We want your thoughts on Roberto Di Matteo losing his job at Chelsea. Keep them coming at #bbcsportsday

  92. 1245: 

    More from David Johnstone, spokesman for Chelsea fanzine cfcuk, who tells BBC Sport: "I'm very disappointed for Roberto Di Matteo and Eddie Newton, I think they've been fantastic for Chelsea. But I'm not shocked. We know what the board of directors are like, they've done it before and they'll probably do it again.

    "The board have got to learn that you've got to give managers time. Chelsea wouldn't be in the position they are in without Mr Abrahmovich, he's been fantastic for us. But the board of directors who work for him have to stand up for themselves, they have to stand up for the supporters and give him some better advice."

  93. 1242: 

    Athletic Bilbao says its Europa League match in Israel against Hapoel Kiryat Shmona has been postponed. The Spanish club was scheduled to fly to Israel on Wednesday for Thursday's match in Haifa. Uefa has been monitoring the security situation since an Israeli offensive in Gaza flared last week.

  94. 1237: 

    Head coach Phil Veivers has accused Joel Moon of a lack of commitment to Salford City Reds after the Australian centre completed a move to champions Leeds Rhinos.

    The 24-year-old took the Reds to a tribunal to get out of his contract at the end of last season, but failed. He was unable to force a move back to the NRL and instead signed for Leeds.

    "He said he was homesick. I haven't checked the map but I presume Leeds must be closer to Sydney than Salford is," Veivers told the club website.

  95. 1233: 

    The mayor of Rio Eduardo Paes tells BBC Sport's Dan Roan he is "worried" about the vast infrastructure overhaul required to stage the 2016 Olympic Games.

    "The great challenge for the city is the infrastructure, the changes you're going to do as a legacy for the city," he said. "So this is what worries me. But we're on time, things are going fine.

    "But obviously when you do an event like that, when you transform completely your city and have a specific date to get things done obviously it's a thing that you have to worry about all the time, pay attention and follow all your dates."

  96. 1228: 

    Former Sheffield United and Leeds striker Brian Deane is appointed as the head coach of Norwegian side Sarpsborg.

    The 44-year-old, who had been working at Leeds University, will take the reigns of the club who were this season promoted to Norway's top flight. "I am looking forward to putting my stamp on this job," Deane said.

  97. 1222: 

    More from Ruud Gullit to Sky Sports News on Roberto Di Matteo's Chelsea exit: "I already had a very good feeling that when Robbie won the Champions League that maybe they (the Chelsea board) already had somebody else in the frame to take over.

    "I don't think they took any notice of the fact that Robbie could win it. That was the reason I believe that they took so long to sign Robbie because they were looking for other people.

    "I always had the feeling that (Jose) Mourinho was in the frame all the time - for the simple reason that he signed just after Chelsea won the Champions League. He signed his contract with Real Madrid and for me that is no coincidence."

  98. 1216: 

    Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit tells Sky Sports News: "I can't believe that Chelsea just sacked him without knowing who is going to be the next one. I will be curious to see what they do in the next couple of days.

    "I can't believe they have just sacked him out of the blue and then they'll be thinking about who is going to be the next one. I don't think so. I think they have already in mind who is going to be the next one. It could of course be (Jose) Mourinho, if it happens, I don't know because it is in the middle of the season."


    Jack Butler on Twitter: "It'd be quicker for Abramovich to buy Barcelona and change the kit colour. Implementing a philosophy takes years."

    Drew Heatley on Twitter: "How much does #CFC's pursuit of Rafa revolve around his potential to finally extract some value from Torres I wonder?"

    Dan Michael-Brooks on Twitter: "Chelsea should just hand out 6 month contracts to managers, saves us money for strikers who can find the back of the net."

    Let us know your thoughts on Roberto Di Matteo losing his job at Chelsea by using the hashtag at #bbcsportsday

  100. 1206: 

    BBC Sports Editor David Bond understands that Chelsea hope to make a statement later on Wednesday on a new manager to replace Roberto Di Matteo.

    He adds: "The board are in talks now. The appointment is likely to be a "stop gap", not a long-term replacement. Compensation for Di Matteo is still being worked out but the guidance is that he is likely to continue to be paid until he finds a new post elsewhere.

    "He had a two-year contract and while there was no break clause, there is an option in there for either party if things don't work out to walk away."

  101. 1158: 

    More from Chelsea Supporters Group chair Trizia Fiorellino on Roberto Di Matteo's exit: "I'm in utter shock to be perfectly honest. I expected them to give him a little longer, especially given the amount of injuries we've had, refereeing decisions, the fact we haven't had another striker. I just think it's a mad decision at a mad time.

    "I personally didn't agree with Roberto Di Matteo becoming manager. However, they gave him the job so they should have given him at least a year. We are bedding in new players, a new style of play. Eleven managers in eight years is not ideal.

    "We want longevity, we want trophies, we want success like anybody, but this is making us look a bit of a laughing stock."

  102. 1154: 

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will be boosted by the return of skipper Fabricio Coloccini and striker Papiss Cisse for Thursday's Europa League game with Maritimo. Defender Coloccini is currently serving a three-game domestic ban, but is available in Europe, while striker Cisse can play after being prevented from doing so against Swansea at the weekend after Senegal invoked Fifa's five-day rule.

    Midfielder Cheick Tiote will miss out through suspension and usual partner Yohan Cabaye in preparing to undergo groin surgery, while striker Shola Ameobi (groin) is a doubt, but midfielder Jonas Gutierrez (knee) should be available.

  103. 1151: 

    David Johnstone, spokesman for Chelsea fanzine cfcuk, tells BBC Sport: "Rafa Benitez is not a Chelsea manager. Some people are born to play for or manage certain clubs and for us, Benitez isn't what we want.

    "When he was Liverpool manager and Jose Mourinho was Chelsea manager there was a bit of 'beef' between them. He's very dismissive of Chelsea, very rude towards us and my impression of him was, whenever anything went wrong it was always somebody else's fault, not his."


    Dean Holden on Twitter: "Thanks for the memories and the Champions League RDM. Stability is the key now Mr Abramovich."

    Snr Neave on Twitter: "RA has pumped a lot of money in, only won the trophies they have due to his money. #CFC fans should be grateful."

    Keep your thoughts coming on Roberto Di Matteo's Chelsea exit using the hashtag at #bbcsportsday

  105. 1141: 

    Chelsea Supporters Group chair Trizia Fiorellino tells BBC Sport: "(Rafael) Benitez will just not be accepted by Chelsea supporters, neither will Avram Grant or Harry Redknapp.

    "I simply don't think Benitez is a good manager. He's been out of work for two years now, if he was any good why hasn't any club snapped him up?"

  106. 1137: 

    Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez responds to Roberto Di Matteo's Chelsea exit, and tells Sport 360 website: "I have just found out (about Di Matteo). Obviously Chelsea is a top side and they can compete for trophies so it goes in this category."

    The former Liverpool boss is currently in Abu Dhabi where he works as a pundit. The website says he is due to fly to the UK tonight.

    Bentitez adds: "In football a lot of people are talking so we will see what happens in the next few days. I am looking for a club that can challenge for trophies and Chelsea is one of these clubs."

  107. 1129: 

    Didier Drogba has asked Fifa for special permission to move on loan from his Chinese club despite being outside the official transfer window. Fifa said Wednesday it is considering the former Chelsea forward's request for an exemption from international rules.

    Drogba's season with Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua finished this month. "The FIFA administration services are looking into it," Fifa said in a statement.


    Robert Henson on Twitter: "Disgraceful from Chelsea, Roberto Di Matteo the man who finally won what they always wanted and given less than 6 months."

    James Cairns on Twitter: "Chelsea fans complain about Roman Abramovich, yet they wouldn't have won anything without him."

    Keep your thoughts coming about Roberto Di Matteo's Chelsea exit using the hashtag at #bbcsportsday

  109. 1117: 

    Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp tells BBC Sport he is giving serious thought to becoming manager of the Ukraine national team. "It is interesting," he said.

    "It is an exciting country with some good young players and some great teams and I am serious about it. " Redknapp also said he had not been contacted by Chelsea regarding their vacant manager's position.

  110. 1110: 

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "The stability at our club is something our manager rarely gets praise for...don't under estimate that."

  111. 1105: 

    Remaining tickets for next month's BBC Sports Personality of the Year go on sale at 0900 GMT on Thursday. The ceremony is being broadcast live from ExCeL London on Sunday, 16 December and will be the biggest in the show's 59-year history.

    Presented by Sue Barker, Gary Lineker and Clare Balding, the show will play host to a star-studded line up and bring down the curtain on what has been an historic 12 months of sport.

    The 12 contenders for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award will be announced on The One Show at 1900 GMT on Monday, 26 November. Tickets can be bought at

  112. 1059: 

    The Football Association hands Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert a one-match touchline ban and a £8,000 fine. Lambert was sanctioned for his "language and/or behaviour amounting to improper conduct" after his side's game at Manchester City last Saturday, says the governing body.

  113. 1053: 

    South Africa name an unchanged starting line-up for Saturday's international against England. Eben Etzebeth, cleared by a disciplinary panel of gouging Scotland fly-half Greig Laidlaw, starts in the second row.

  114. 1051: 

    Charlie Smith on Twitter: "CFC fans stop living in dream land over Pep. Benitez is of highest calibre. They'd be lucky to have him, best they can do!"

  115. 1048: 

    QPR reveal England striker Bobby Zamora will undergo hip surgery which will keep out of the Premier League club's relegation battle for three months.

  116. 1044: 

    Leeds United announce Dubai-based investment bank GFH Capital Limited has finally signed a deal to buy the Championship club following a long-running takeover bid.

    It marks the start of a one-month transitional period which will see a full change in ownership and control of the club from current owner Ken Bates to GFH. Bates will remain as chairman until the end of the season before becoming club president.

    "Neil Warnock will continue as manager with more support than the present owners have been able to give and we look forward to a smooth transition," says Bates in a statement on the three-time English champions' official website.

  117. 1037: 

    Charlie Hurley on Twitter: "If Rafa comes in, I will officially boycott all games. Not welcome in the slightest and that needs to be clear."

    David Stone on Twitter: "Considering the less than positive reaction Chelsea fans gave Benitez last time, would the club really do it?"

    Tim Clifford on Twitter: "CFC were very lucky to win CL. Mistake was hiring RDM in first place, his stock was in false position. RA correcting his mistake."

  118. 1033: 

    New UK Athletics Paralympics head coach Paula Dunn: "London 2012 had an amazing impact on Paralympic sport in this country and we have a real opportunity to build on that over the next four years.

    "I believe that there is more talent out there and I am looking forward to unearthing that talent and building on the success of 2012. I can't wait to take the team to the next level."

  119. 1032: 

    UK Athletics announce the appointment of Paula Dunn as their new Paralympic head coach. Dunn, a former 100m and 200m European bronze and Commonwealth silver medallist, is the first woman to be appointed to a head coaching role with UKA.

  120. 1027: 

    KJ on Twitter: "Guardiola is the wrong option - need a manager to build a strong defence before playing tiki-taka."

    Dan Hough on Twitter: "Anyone else think Hiddink needs to return to the Bridge? The only man to please Roman, if that's even possible."

    Nnaemeka Rufus Jr on Twitter: "I guess the bookmakers were wrong. Nigel Adkins and Mark Hughes outlasted Roberto Di Matteo. Didn't see it coming."

  121. 1022: 

    Opta Joe on Twitter: "Roberto Di Matteo took charge of just 23 Premier League games for Chelsea. Only David Webb and Guus Hiddink (both 13) managed fewer."

  122. 1019: 

    Danny Puttock on Twitter: "If it's Redknapp, I'm handing in my season ticket. Disgraceful from the board, I'm embarrassed to be a Chelsea fan at the moment."

    Lewis Johnson on Twitter: "John Terry as manager. Love to see if Roman would sack him after a few bad results."

    Jamie Matthews on Twitter: "Who in their right mind will want the job now? This is RDM's first blip and he gets sacked?! Guardiola won't go for that!"

  123. 1017: 

    More from BBC Sport's Ben Smith on 5 live: "There is a feeling Di Matteo was shoe-horned into getting the job because Guardiola wasn't available and that Di Matteo had to be given the job after winning the Champions League. This is the first time there has been a bad run of form and he's made the decision. But it's incredibly ruthless."

  124. 1015: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith on 5 live: "The dream has been to get Pep Guardiola into the club. They have gone back to Guardiola this week to see if he will break his sabbatical. They have also sounded out Rafa Benitez as a short-term option. At this stage it's a sounding-out process. There are plenty of reasons not to go in there. Chelsea are desperate to get somebody in before this weekend's game against Manchester City."

  125. 1012: 

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Wow, Chelsea have sacked their manager!! I'm a bit late I know but it's a madness."

    Sunderland striker Louis Saha on Twitter: "Can't believe Roberto Di Matteo has been sack after such a good record. Especially when I think he had to cope with Terry scandal."

  126. 1008: 

    George Samuels on Twitter: "Would Sir Alex Ferguson even last one season if Abramovich was the Man United owner?!"

  127. 1004: 

    So the usual names are in the frame to replace Di Matteo. Pep Guardiola, Rafael Benitez and Harry Redknapp are heading the bookies' lists. Roman Abramovich's old mate Andriy Shevchenko even features further down the long list. Anyone fancy Sheva? Doubt it. But who do you want?

    Tell us who you would choose - and why - using the #bbcsportsday hashtag on Twitter.

  128. 0958: 

    Alfie Jones on Twitter: "Enough hiding behind statements. Let's hear from you, Ron Gourlay. Let's hear from you on RDM, Torres and the future."

    Chris Randle on Twitter: "What's the point anymore? Roman is like a child. Man Utd never given up on Fergie even when times are bad. Stability is key."

    Stephen Downey on Twitter: "Chelsea's treatment of club legend Roberto Di Matteo is nothing short of despicable!"

  129. 0952:  

    "Take over in spring, win FA Cup, win Champions League, lie third and very much in contention in Premier League after finishing sixth last season. Next?? I've no idea who he'll appoint now. Guess he'll try for Mourinho or Guardiola in summer with temporary boss like Avram Grant until then."

  130. 0949: 

    Steve Barnes on Twitter: "RA has won it all as owner of CFC. Apparent now that no glory will be enough. How long before he realises this and sells up?"

    Tom Burrows on Twitter: "So, deliver the owner's dream of European glory, six months later, sacked. For losing a few games."

    Olly Rose on Twitter: "Di Matteo performed miracles for Chelsea last season! Abramovich needs lessons on how to run a football club!"

  131. 0947: 

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew on Di Matteo's sacking: "It's astonishing really. It just goes to show you how precarious we are as Premier League managers. We can't take anything for granted.

    "As far as I'm concerned he's done absolutely nothing wrong. The philosophy was to perhaps change the look of the team, which he's tried to do, and that doesn't happen overnight. He's won two competitions in less than a year, so it's unbelievable."

  132. 0944: 

    Spanish football expert Guillem Balague on Twitter: "Pep [Guardiola] has told Roman he will continue his sabbatical and Rafa Benitez has not been approached. Would Avram Grant be a solution for now?"

  133. 0942:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport chief football writerDI MATTEO SACKED BY CHELSEA

    "Very fair point to say Chelsea's performances and results have not been good enough....but should surely add 'in the last four weeks'."

  134. 0941: 

    Former Chelsea player and manager John Hollins on BBC Radio 5 live: "If Pep Guardiola is going to come in, he has got to come in now."

  135. 0940: 

    Former Chelsea player and manager John Hollins on BBC Radio 5 live: I think it may be the way they were beaten last night. If they were beaten 1-0 it might have been different. The decision not to play Torres, and not go for it all guns blazing, may have contributed."

  136. 0938: 

    Former Chelsea player and manager John Hollins on BBC Radio 5 live: "It's not a surprise. Di Matteo certainly looked a bit sullen last night."

  137. 0933: 

    Nathan Bright on Twitter: "RA will bring in Rafa Benitez in a bid to make Torres good again. RA hopes that reuniting them will cover up his pricey error."

    Kevin Talbot on Twitter: "Bad decision. The club needs stability. We stick by players when they make mistakes. Why can't we get behind our manager?"

    Dunc on Twitter: "Harry Redknapp, Rafa Benitez and Pep Guardiola. Some would say Chelsea are spoilt for choice?"

  138. 0931: 

    Opta Joe on Twitter: "Roberto Di Matteo lasted 262 days as Chelsea manager, longer than Villas-Boas (256), Grant (247) and Scolari (223)."

  139. 0929: 

    Roberto Di Matteo becomes the eighth manager to leave Chelsea under the ownership of Roman Abramovich. Here's a reminder of the other bosses who have left during the Russian billionaire's rule.

    • Claudio Ranieri: Sep 2000 to May 2004

    • Jose Mourinho: Jun 2004 to Sep 2007

    • Avram Grant: Sep 2007 to May 2008

    • Luiz Felipe Scolari: Jul 2008 to Feb 2009

    • Guus Hiddink: Feb 2009 to May 2009

    • Carlo Ancelotti: Jun 2009 to May 2011

    • Andre Villas-Boas: Jun 2011 to Mar 2012

    • Roberto Di Matteo: Mar 2012 to Nov 2012

  140. 0925: 

    Craig Lambert on Twitter: "Chelsea need consistency, get a manager in and let him build! How can you sack someone who wins Champions League and FA Cup?"

    Viv Powers on Twitter: "Benitez to take over till end of season and then Mourinho to return covered in glory!!"

    Jonathan Cardy on Twitter: "RA was forced to sign him in the summer by RDM winning CL. He never wanted him and just needed an excuse to sack him."

  141. 0923: 

    So what now for Roberto Di Matteo? Here's a quick look at his managerial career.

    • Leads West Bromwich Albion to promotion to the Premier League in 2010

    • Sacked by Albion in February 2011

    • Appointed interim first-team coach of Chelsea in March 2012

    • Wins the FA Cup final on 5 May

    • Leads Chelsea to their first European title on 19 May while caretaker manager

    • Won 24 of his 42 games in charge of Chelsea - a win percentage of 57.14%

  142. 0916: 

    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter: "Roberto Di Matteo has been fired by Chelsea. The Roman emporer puts the thumbs down yet again."

  143. 0912: 

    Is Chelsea 'parting company' with Roberto Di Matteo the right decision? Who do the Blues turn to now? Let us know what you think using the #bbcsportsday hashtag on Twitter.

  144. 0911: 

    Chelsea statement on Di Matteo: "The club will be making an announcement shortly regarding a new first team manager."

  145. 0910: 

    Chelsea statement on Di Matteo: "The owner and the board would like to thank Roberto for all he has done for the club since taking over in March. Roberto helped guide us to an historic Champions League victory and a seventh FA Cup. We will never forget the huge contribution he has made to this club's history and he will always be welcome at Stamford Bridge."

  146. 0909: 

    Chelsea statement on Di Matteo: "The club faces a difficult task ahead in qualifying for the knockout stages of the Uefa Champions League as well as maintaining a strong challenge for the top of the Premier League while competing in three other cup competitions. Our aim is to remain as competitive as possible and challenge strongly on all fronts."

  147. 0907: 

    "The team's recent performances and results have not been good enough 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," says a Chelsea statement on their official website.

  148. 0903: 

    Chelsea have parted company with manager Roberto Di Matteo, the club announce on Twitter.

  149. 0902: 

    Mark Handley on Twitter: "When a manager with a 57% win ratio and a CL win is still deemed not good enough, what realistically classes as success?"

    Jon Herbert on Twitter: "Can't help but feel RA saw this coming with RDM, hence only a two-year deal, and already has something in place."

    Jay on Twitter: "Other clubs' supporters must love how Abramovich (by creating perpetual instability) ensures Chelsea doesn't reach its potential."

  150. 0859: 

    Nasir Hossain smashes an aggressive half-century to lead a Bangladesh fightback against tourists West Indies. After an early collapse where West Indies seamers Fidel Edwards and Darren Sammy ripped through the top order, the hosts stumble to 186-6 at tea on the first day of the second Test. Follow the latest from Khulna.

  151. 0856: 

    Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon talks to BBC Radio 5 live about Jose Mourinho: "I think that his behaviour hasn't been appropriate for Real Madrid many times - that's the problem for me with Mourinho.

    "He's a very good coach and has proved that. But sometimes he has done things that aren't appropriate for a club with this history. He complains about referees, Uefa and the players sometimes against him, the rivals, treating them like enemies and that's not Real Madrid history."

  152. 0852: 

    Hemant Garung on Twitter: "It's becoming a norm to sack Chelsea manager at Christmas/New Year time."

    Alex Capp on Twitter: "I don't think he should sacked he has actually done a good job at changing the team into this new team."

    Si Hawkes on Twitter: "Roman sacking RDM would be a joke. Especially given that Mark Hughes is still in a job. RDM won the Champions League!"

    Get involved in the Chelsea and Roberto Di Matteo debate by using the #bbcsportsday hashtag on Twitter.

  153. 0848: 

    Sale Sharks prop Ross Harrison, 20, signs a new three-year deal to stay at the Premiership club, with hooker Tommy Taylor, 21, agreeing a similar contract. "They are both local lads who give everything for the club, and they fit into the template of what we are trying to build here," says Sharks chief executive Steve Diamond.

  154. 0844: 

    Glamorgan appoint Australian batsman Marcus North as their limited-overs captain for next season. Mark Wallace continues to lead the county in the County Championship - in his 15th year with the club.

    "My one-day record is pretty good, having captained Western Australia on and off for eight years. I'm sure the extra responsibility will bring the best out of me as leader and player," North tells the club's official website.

  155. 0839: 

    Edson Madeira on Twitter: "This nonsense of managers taking blame is ridiculous and must stop. If your team was not good enough on the day, let them know."

    Ben Mitchell on Twitter: "Seems like some Chelsea fans have already forgotten what Di Matteo has done for them! Fickle is an understatement!"

    Dale Wright on Twitter: "RDM isn't to blame for the loss. Abramovich wants 'Barca in Blue' and gave RDM the summer to implement that?! RDM needs time."

  156. 0836: 

    Gloucester winger James Simpson-Daniel is ruled out for up to four months after having surgery on his injured shoulder. "It's a blow for James and for us, particularly with the way he has been playing," says the Premiership club's director of rugby Nigel Davies.

  157. 0831: 

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Unless Abramovich has had cast-iron guarantee from Guardiola that he's prepared to succeed RDM instantly, is there any logic in sacking him?

    What do think? Let us know using the #bbcsportsday hashtag on Twitter.

  158. 0826: 

    Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon tells BBC Radio 5 live that he believes Jose Mourinho will leave his post as manager of the Spanish giants next summer.

    "I think he has already decided to leave," he says. "That's my opinion and I'm not certain about that. He's a bit fed up with what's happening here and some people are fed up with his attitude and his behaviour. It is my opinion that he will leave at the end of this season."

  159. 0823: 

    Ryder Cup hero Martin Kaymer announces he will join the PGA Tour in 2013 through his five-year exemption as the 2010 PGA Championship winner.

    Japan's Ryo Ishikawa, Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts, Sweden's Peter Hanson and England's David Lynn also commit to the Tour after qualifying through the top 125 non-member money list.

  160. 0819: 

    Super League champions Leeds Rhinos announce they have signed Salford City Reds centre Joel Moon for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal. "Joel is an exciting signing not just for next season, but as part of this young group moving forward," Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott told the club's official website.

  161. 0814: 

    Went to bed early last night? Here's a story you may have missed - England coach Stuart Lancaster decides to drop Thomas Waldrom, Tom Johnson and Charlie Sharples for Saturday's Test against South Africa at Twickenham.

  162. 0811: 

    Chelsea's disappointing 3-0 defeat by Juventus leaves the Blues perilously close to a piece of unwanted history - becoming the first Champions League winners to crash out in the following season's group stage. But who is to blame? Boss Roberto Di Matteo says he is responsible for the loss in Turin after leaving his only recognised striker - Fernando Torres - on the bench until the 71st minute.

    Are Chelsea's hopes of defending their crown over? Is it time for Di Matteo to leave or does he deserve more time? Let us know your thoughts by using the #bbcsportsday hashtag on Twitter. We also want to hear from Celtic and Manchester United fans following their team's defeats.

  163. 0805: 

    First, as always, we will kick off the morning with three stories from our football gossip column - which is unsurprisingly dominated by David Beckham chat following the ex-England skipper's decision to leave LA Galaxy.

    West Ham are ready to offer Beckham, who was born and raised in east London, a return to the Premier League. [Daily Mirror]

    Elsewhere, Championship promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough are ready to wait until January to sign former winger Stewart Downing on loan from Liverpool. [the Sun]

    Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is being lined up to replace Roberto Di Matteo as Chelsea manager if Pep Guardiola refuses to take over before the summer. [Daily Mail]

  164. 0800: 

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday. There's another important night of Champions League football action later, with both Manchester City and Arsenal facing key home matches. We will also bring you the latest from the inquiry into horse racing jockey Frankie Dettori's positive test for a banned substance.

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