Roberto Di Matteo is aiming to build on last season’s achievements of winning the FA Cup and Champions League after he was last night named Chelsea’s permanent manager and first-team coach.
Di Matteo, 42, was promoted from assistant manager into temporary charge of the Blues in March following a poor spell under then boss Andre Villas-Boas. He led them to their fourth FA Cup success in six seasons before masterminding their maiden Champions League title with victory over Bayern Munich on penalties.
“I’m obviously delighted to have been appointed as manager and first-team coach,” he said. “We all achieved incredible success last season that made history for this great club. Our aim is to continue building on that and I’m already planning and looking forward to the squad’s return for pre-season.”
Asked if Chelsea would be adopting a new approach next term or playing as they did towards the end of last season, Di Matteo added: “There will be a mix. “We have obviously lost a few players with the end of contracts and signed a couple of new players, so there will be a little bit of a change, but I don’t think there will be a complete overhaul of the squad.”
“Roberto’s quality was clear for all to see when he galvanised the squad last season and helped the club make history, and the owner and board are very pleased he will be continuing his good work,” said Gourlay. “We all believed he was a young coach with much to offer when we first asked him to take charge of team affairs in March, and the manner in which he worked with us, the players and all the staff, and the success that followed, made him the clear choice when it came to selecting the person to take us forward in the seasons to come.
“Although he has set the bar very high in the short time he has been in charge, we know that Roberto is the right man to lead Chelsea onto further success.” Also Eddie Newton is also expected to remain as Di Matteo’s assistant.
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