November 21st, 2012
04:42 PM ET

Was Di Matteo the architect of his own downfall?

Roberto di Matteo first took over from Andre-Villas Boas in March. (Getty Images)
Roberto di Matteo first took over from Andre-Villas Boas in March. (Getty Images)

So here we go again. Another manager bites the dust at Stamford Bridge. Even considering Roman Abramovich’s record when it comes to sacking managers, I have to say I was very surprised he dropped the axe on Roberto Di Matteo.

I am aware of the numbers: two wins in eight games. I am also aware that Chelsea are close to becoming the first European Champions League winner to be knocked out in the group stages of the competition the next season.

However, I am not convinced changing managers at this point in the season is going to accomplish much, especially when whoever comes in will only have until the end of the season to work with these players. FULL POST

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November 21st, 2012
01:47 PM ET

Have Lakers dropped the ball with coach appointment?

Mike D'Antoni replaced Mike Brown as Lakers coach. (Getty Images)
Mike D'Antoni replaced Mike Brown as Lakers coach. (Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers' management baffled their own fans when they decided to look past former coach Phil Jackson and instead hire Mike D’Antoni as the new team coach.

After all, Jackson has won a record eleven titles as coach (five with the Lakers) while D’Antoni has reached the playoffs just five times in his 10 seasons as a head coach.

The argument should be over here. Jackson wins over D’Antoni 11-0. Period.

But for argument’s sake, let’s see what possibly would have led Jerry and son Jim Buss to go with the latter. FULL POST

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