Chelsea have appointed Rafael Benitez as first-team manager until the end of the season to replace Roberto Di Matteo.
Di Matteo, 42, was fired on Wednesday morning following a dismal spell of results culminating in a 3-0 Champions League defeat to Juventus which leaves their progression to the knockout phase of the competition in the balance.
And Roman Abramovich has acted quickly to replace him by bringing in Benitez, who has been out of work for nearly two years.
A club statement read: “The owner and the Board believe that in Benitez we have a manager with significant experience at the highest level of football, who can come in and immediately help deliver our objectives.”
The Spaniard, 52, spent six years at Liverpool from 2004 to 2010 where he won the FA Cup, the Community Shield, the Champions League and the Super Cup.
He then replaced Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan in the summer of 2010 but endured a tumultuous time at the San Siro and was sacked after just 25 games, although he did with the FIFA Club World Cup days before his dismissal.