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Padcast: Rafa Benitez gets the nod as Chelsea manager

by Josh Powell | November 21, 2012

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST: Roman offers a up a celebratory fist-bump after axing Di Matteo

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Roberto Di Matteo was brutally sacked by Roman Abramovich this morning and quicker than you can make a ‘fat Spanish waiter’ joke Rafa Benitez has taken the hot seat until the end of the season.

The Guardian’s football reporter Dominic Fifield is on this week’s Padcast to throw his opinion into the mix following the brutal sacking of RDM and the future for Rafa. Bobby won an FA Cup, a Champions League and was top of the table less than a month ago, but it couldn’t save him. What can the man with the terrible goatee do to keep the boss happy?

Di Matteo became the latest victim of Roman Abramovich’s brutal regime and was the eight Chelsea manager to get the boot since 2004. The Blues have spent £69million on dismissing managers in the last eight years which could have bought them four Zlatan Ibrahimovics and had a bit of loose change to boot.

Was it right to get rid of RDM after a couple of bad results?

There’s every chance Roberto Mancini will be behind him in the queue at the job centre if Manchester City don’t start picking up results as managerial silly season begins. We look at the big Premier League game of the weekend and the New Kids on the Blog pick out their best tips of the weekend.

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