Roberto Di Matteo given Chelsea manager's job on a full-time basis
After plenty of deliberation and thought, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has finally appointed Roberto Di Matteo as the club’s full-time manager on a two-year contract, much to the delight of their supporters.
The Italian led the club to two trophies last season, the FA Cup and the Champions League, with the latter coming as Chelsea’s first ever European Cup success.
Matt Lawton, Chief Football Correspondent at the Daily Mail, highlighted the importance of Chelsea appointed a manager that has already won trophies:
“Pleased for Di Matteo. Right decision from a football club that has not always acknowledged the success of its manager.” - @Matt_Lawton_DM
Chelsea writer Dan Levene agreed with Lawton’s assessment of the appointment and tweeted how well Di Matteo is attached to the football club and how that will have a positive effect on Chelsea.
“On a personal note, the thing I like best about Di Matteo is that he gets it. He understands Chelsea Football Club, the players, the fans.” - @BluesChronicle
The Times football writer Rory Smith tweeted that in appointing Di Matteo, Chelsea haven’t made the entertaining choice but they have made the correct decision:
“Robbie Di Matteo confirmed as Chelsea boss. Two years of *thrilling* press conferences await. Right decision, though.” - @RorySmithTimes
Some took a much more light-hearted approach to the appointment and cited that the two-year contract may not be all that it seems:
“Roberto Di Matteo has just signed a 2 year contract at Chelsea. He said that he looks forward to spending up to 6 months there.” - @Joey7Barnot
“So Chelsea have signed Roberto Di Matteo for 2 seasons...Knowing Roman Abramovich.. Those two seasons are probably Autumn and Winter.” - @Gooner1886_
It appears that Abramovich delayed appointing Di Matteo in order to keep their options open but after pressure from ex-players and fans to put the Italian in permanent charge, the Russian billionaire owner finally succumbed and Di Matteo now deservedly takes the reins on a full-time basis.