Paul Elliott believes Chelsea have made the right decision in sacking Roberto Di Matteo and has backed new boss Rafa Benitez to galvanise the dressing room at Stamford Bridge.
Benitez has been placed in interim charge until the end of the season after Di Matteo was ruthlessly shown the door by Roman Abramovich just months after leading the club to Champions League glory.
Chelsea fans have reacted angrily to the appointment of the former Liverpool boss but Elliott reckons the Spaniard will oversee an immediate improvement in performances and may bring the best out of misfiring striker Fernando Torres.
“Without question the impact he will make will be swift, it will be very effective. He is very organised, very meticulous and a tough disciplinarian,” the former Blues defender told talkSPORT.
"When you get a new manager into a club, especially when the players are low on confidence, it’s about short-term impact and I think he will have that impact.
“He’s used to working with top players. He is certainly familiar with Torres, who is clearly low on confidence at the moment.
“It’s important to galvanise that dressing room and make that impact, in the same way Di Matteo did when he came in after Andre Villas-Boas.”
Benitez, who will begin his Chelsea reign at home to Manchester City on Sunday, is the club's ninth manager since Abramovich became owner in 2003 but Elliot has defended the Russian’s hire and fire approach.
He added: “People say continuity and stability equals success. Yes it does. However, Chelsea's model still works because the success Chelsea have had with the changes they have made, they have been made for the right reasons at the right time, and they have been justified changes.”