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Vialli questions Chelsea decision to appoint Di Matteo after Villas-Boas sacking

Vialli questions Chelsea decision to appoint Di Matteo after Villas-Boas sacking

The former Blues boss believes that a manager and his assistant are expected to work together as a partnership and that it is inappropriate for one to replace the other

Former Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli has questioned the club’s decision to appoint former assistant manager Roberto Di Matteo in place of Andre Villas-Boas.

The Portuguese was sacked by owner Roman Abramovich after the Blues' 1-0 away defeat to West Brom on Saturday, a result which saw them slip out of the top four.

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Di Matteo steps up from his position as assistant and has previously managed West Brom, achieving promotion to the Premier League in 2010 before being dismissed in February last year.

However, Vialli, who won the FA Cup and European Cup Winners Cup during his time as boss at Stamford Bridge between 1998-2000, believes a complete change of staff would have been more appropriate.

He said on Twitter: "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 [Di Matteo]! Hope he can steady the ship."

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