Di Matteo & the 7 other Chelsea managers of the Abramovich era: Where are they now?

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Chelsea fans will always have fond memories of Roberto Di Matteo, both for what he did as a player and as a manager at Stamford Bridge.

As such, a number of Blues fans will likely have looked at events at Aston Villa this week - Di Matteo was sacked after just two months in the job - with a heavy heart.

But, as a former Chelsea manager, are the Italian's struggles after leaving west London really that unusual? We've taken a look back at what happened to the eight managers hired during the Roman Abramovich era once they were booted out.

Jose Mourinho - Left: September 2007

Chelsea record: Played - 185 Win - 124 Draw - 40 Lose - 21

Mourinho's original stint at Chelsea ended after a poor start to the 07-08 season and issues with Abramovich.

That didn't exactly spell disaster for the Portuguese, however, with spells at Inter Milan and Real Madrid yielding three league titles and six trophies in total, including a Champions League triumph with Inter.

Issues behind the scenes at Madrid did, though, play a part in his exit and, ultimately, his return to Chelsea in 2013.

Avram Grant - Left: May 2008

Record: P-54 W-36 D-12 L-6

Grant didn't even have the correct badges when he stepped into the manager's job from his Director of Football role, but still took them to second place in the league and a Champions League final in his only season in the hot seat.

That, though, is about as good as it has got for Grant. Failed spells at Portsmouth (10 wins in 33 games) and West Ham (relegated after seven league wins in 2010/11) were followed by a strange spell at Partisan Belgrade. He won the title in Serbia but resigned after just 16 games in charge.

The Israeli can now be found managing Ghana's national team whom he guided to the final of the 2015 African Cup of Nations.

Luiz Felipe Scolari - Left: February 2009

Record: P-36 W-20 D-11 L-5

Scolari already had 20 managerial jobs on his CV when he arrived at Chelsea and, after lasting just six months, it didn't take long for it to become 21 former employers.

The Brazilian has continued to rack up the clubs since, too, with spells in Turkey and Brazil's domestic league and, most recently, the Chinese Super League with Guangzhou Evergrande who he just led to the league and Asian Champions League double.

He was also in charge of Brazil during the 2014 World Cup, describing their 7-1 humiliation by Germany as the worst day of his life.

Guus Hiddink - Left: May 2009

Record: P-22 W-16 D-5 L-1

Hiddink's spell as interim boss was hugely successful and included a Champions League semi-final and F.A. Cup win.

However, the Dutchman refused to stay permanently and returned to his role as Russia manager. That only lasted until 2010, however, and, since then, he has taken charge of Turkey and the Netherlands at international level, and Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia.

Having lasted no longer than 18 months at any post, his title of short-term manager lives on - as Chelsea fans discovered last season.

Carlo Ancelotti - Left: May 2011

Record: P-109 W-67 D-20 L-22

A Premier League and F.A. Cup double in his first season wasn't enough to save Ancelotti from the sack as he struggled in Europe in his second campaign.

The Italian's CV since then, though, is arguably the most impressive of all the managers on this list bar Mourinho.

He led PSG to Ligue 1 glory in his one full season in charge in 2013 before quitting to replace Mourinho at Real Madrid. A Champions League followed, but he wasn't able to wrestle La Liga away from Barcelona in his two year stint at Los Blancos.

The veteran manager is currently enjoying a successful start to life as Bayern Munich boss.

André Villas-Boas - Left: March 2012

Record: P-40 W-19 D-11 L-10

Heralded as the new Jose Mourinho, AVB lasted until just March of his first season after being sacked with Chelsea outside the top four.

He didn't go far, though, after earning the Spurs job for the 2012/13 season and helping them set a then club record 72 points total that year.

Shocking transfer dealings following the sale of Gareth Bale meant he lasted only until December 2013 before being fired after poor performances.

He also received his P45 from Zenit St. Petersberg in May 2016 after two seasons in Russia.

Roberto Di Matteo - Left: November 2012

Record: P-42 W-24 D-9 L-9

Di Matteo won two major trophies in just eight months in charge at Chelsea and his success at Stamford Bridge certainly looks like an anomaly right now.

After waiting over a year for a new job, the Italian took over Schalke in January 2014 but lost 12 of his 33 games in charge before leaving in May 2015.

As we saw this week, another year's break didn't help after he was sacked by Villa following just 1 win in 11 league games.

Rafa Benitez - Left: May 2013

Record: P-48 W28 D-10 L-10

Since finishing his interim role at Chelsea, Rafa has had three permanent jobs. And they make an eclectic list of clubs.

He resigned after two years at Napoli and took up the hot seat at Real Madrid. However, his contract was terminated after just six months in Spain after growing unrest amongst supporters for failing to beat the top sides.

The ex-Liverpool boss is currently in charge at Newcastle and, although he couldn't stop them being relegated last season, he is looking odds on to lead them to promotion from the Championship at the first time of asking.

Jose Mourinho - Left: December 2015

Record: P-136 W-80 D-29 L-27

Mourinho's second coming began in great style with another league title in 2014-15 (his first full season back), but ended with the team in near disarray near the bottom of the league in December 2015.

As well all know, he is back in the Premier League with Manchester United but, after an impressive start to life at Old Trafford, is once again facing scrutiny after some mixed recent results.

Guus Hiddink - Left: May 2016

Record: P-27 W-10 D-11 L-6

Once again, Hiddink was drafted in to stop the rot but didn't stick around after a fairly successful spell in charge.

Five months on from his departure, the Dutchman is still out of work. At 69-years-old, that may not change. Unless Antonio Conte gets the sack in the near future, of course.

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