Roberto Di Matteo enjoyed success on his debut as Chelsea's interim manager as his club beat Birmingham, 2-0 with goals through Juan Mata and Raul Meirelles. He then dedicated the win to Andre Villa Boas. A bit too cute.
Meanwhile Pep Guardiola appears to be leaning towards taking a sabbatical this summer from coaching which will not make Roman Abramovich very happy as he was first on his wish list. In a sign his reputation as an owner who eats managers for breakfast is damaging Chelsea's hiring prospects, no less than three other coaches have distanced themselves from the job. They include Harry Redknapp, Brenden Rogers, and Jogi Low. The only coach actually auditioning for the role is Rafa Benitez.
Swansea's coach Rogers is regarded as a future Alex Ferguson. But even he knows he's up against a narcissist in Abramovich. "I am trying to build my career and not destroy it." Well put. He might be the ideal replacement for Wenger at Arsenal if the French manager decides to leave this summer.