Di Matteo had been walking a tightrope after a few poor results in the league.
Still, it is a remarkable turn of events given that di Matteo won the Champions League and FA Cup during his eight months in charge.
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Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Chelsea have improved considerably after a tricky start to the campaign.
Newcastle United are staring down the barrel of relegation to the Championship for the second time in the past eight years.