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Premier League managers respond to Di Matteo's Chelsea sacking

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Sacked Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo insists he has no hard feelings, and still harbours deep affection for the Stamford Bridge club, despite his brutal sacking by Russian owner Roman Abramovich just hours after the 3-0 Champions League defeat against Juventus.

The Italian coach paid the ultimate price for a disappointing recent run of results, the latest of which left the Blues' hopes of European qualification hanging by a thread.

Rafael Benitez has already been announced as Di Matteo's replacement - the former Liverpool and Inter Milan boss signing a short-term deal until the end of the season - capping an unceremonious few days in west London.

Speaking through the League Managers' Association, Di Matteo thanked the club for all that it had brought him, and paid special tribute to the support he's received from Chelsea fans.

"It was an honour for me to be appointed manager of a club that I loved playing for and one that is so close to my heart," he said. "I am extremely proud of the successes and trophies that we were able to bring to the club in recent months.

"Lifting Chelsea's first Champions League trophy, in Munich, was the best achievement in club history and without doubt the highlight of my career to date, both as a player and manager. It is a memory I will treasure for the rest of my life.

"I have a deep and unreserved passion for Chelsea Football Club and I would like to sincerely thank all of the staff, my players and of course the Chelsea fans, for their tremendous and unconditioned support in the intense time I have been the manager at the Bridge. I wish all of them every success for the rest of the season and beyond."

News of Di Matteo's sacking has understandably sent shockwaves right through the Premier League. Here GiveMeFootball brings you reaction from a number of different managers, sharing their thoughts on the situation.

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