Schalke have confirmed the appointment of former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo this morning.
The Italian takes over from Jens Keller, who suffered a poor start to the Bundesliga campaign. Roberto Di Matteo becomes Schalke’s head coach after a two-year spell out of work, since leaving Chelsea back in 2012.
The 44-year-old has had a short but relatively successful spell in management so far. He started his managerial career at League one side MK Dons back in 2008. He led the Dons to a third place finish but failed to secure promotion, losing in the Play-Off semi-finals. From there Di Matteo moved up to (then) Championship side, West Bromwich Albion. He guided the Baggies to automatic Premier League promotion, finishing second only behind Newcastle United. Despite a strong start to life back in the Premiership, Di Matteo was sacked by West Brom in 2011, before taking up the assistant manager role at Chelsea, as Villas Boas’ number two.
It was at Chelsea were Di Matteo made history, guiding the Blues to Champions League glory in Munich back in May 2012. At that point he was only an interim manager, following the sacking Andre Villas Boas. As a result of this feat, he was handed a two-year contract, making him the Chelsea manager on a permanent basis.
However, Chelsea failed to kick on in the way Roman Abramovich hoped for and Di Matteo was relieved of his duty in November that year, just six months into his contract.
Di Matteo was something of a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge and will get the chance to host Chelsea when his former club face Schalke at home in the Champions’ League group stage on November 25th.
Schalke currently sit in 11th place in the Bundesliga. Di Matteo’s first fixture will come after the international break, when his side take on Hertha Berlin. Hertha Berlin are currently directly below Schalke in the table, both joint on eight points. Di Matteo will be hoping he can turn the team’s season around.