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Chelsea FC to make statement about new first team manager.

Our aim is to remain as competitive as possible and challenge strongly on all fronts.

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.

– Chelsea FC

The club will be making an announcement shortly regarding a new first team manager.

Chelsea FC parts company with manager Roberto Di Matteo

Chelsea Football Club has parted company this morning with manager Roberto Di Matteo.

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.

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.


Wenger and Di Matteo condemn racism in football

European football's governing body UEFA could take action after claims that racist chants were made at Thursday night's match between Tottenham and Lazio at White Hart Lane.

Three Spurs players were apparently targeted by some of the Italian club's supporters.

It has also emerged that a Chelsea player has also been racially abused. Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger have said racism in football must stop.


Chelsea manager confirms striker Sturridge has viral meningitis

Roberto Di Matteo. Credit: ITV News

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed striker Daniel Sturridge has viral meningitis.

At a press briefing at Chelsea's training ground he said the striker was taken ill over the weekend.

Chelsea are receiving hourly updates on the striker's health and say the club's doctors have been with him since he was taken ill.

"What matters is he gets well soon", said Di Matteo, who said he hoped he would still be able to play in Team GB's Olympic football team.

"We will be monitoring him on a daily basis but the fact that he is feeling better is very positive, I'm optimistic that he will recover and will be able to join the team", Di Matteo said. Sturridge remains in hospital.

First Challenge For Di Matteo

Roberto Di Matteo (left) with Andre Villas-Boas. Credit: Peter Byrne, PA

Chelsea will play their first match with new caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo in charge tonight, as they take on Birmingham in the FA cup fifth round replay.

The assistant manager has been put in charge until the end of the season after the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas.

Coverage begins at 19:30 on ITV1.

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