Di Matteo ready to return

Former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is feeling ready to return to management after confirming he has been 'overwhelmed' with offers since leaving Stamford Bridge.

Last Updated: 23/03/14 at 12:33 Post Comment

Roberto Di Matteo: Former Chelsea boss ready for management return

Roberto Di Matteo: Former Chelsea boss ready for management return

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Di Matteo has been out of management since departing Chelsea in November 2012, just a few months after leading the club to FA Cup and UEFA Champions League success.

The Italian had initially been handed the job on an interim basis in March 2012 following Andre Villas-Boas' sacking before landing a permanent deal a few weeks after beating Bayern Munich on penalties in the Champions League final.

The 43-year-old has enjoyed his time out of football, but is now looking forward to taking on a new challenge as a manager.

"As a manager I want to do it properly, so that means there's no time for anything else, it is 24/7," Di Matteo told the Sunday Times.

"I thought it's probably a good time to enjoy different aspects of life and it was also crucial for my family to settle them a little because we had been moving around for five years and they didn't see much of me and I didn't see much of them.

"I've been overwhelmed by offers, which I'm flattered by. But I made a decision. Many people disagreed but that's the way I am. I follow my own path."

Regarding his next job, Di Matteo added: "It doesn't matter what country but I need to be challenged by it. I need to feel the ambition of the club.

"You need to have a good relationship, with the board and with the owner. And you have to have a long-term vision but a short-term solution, because in the short term you need to win games while you try to implement your long-term vision."

Di Matteo is also disappointed at how Chelsea's triumph in winning the Champions League has been portrayed over the past couple of years.

He continued: "I remember the final that Bayern played against Man United, where Bayern dominated the game and United won 2-1.

"When Bayern played Inter Milan it was exactly the same, there was one team playing and the other counter-attacking. And winning.

"I know people think we were lucky but I don't think we were. We deserved everything that we got because we did everything in our power to be able to win.

"People probably didn't like Chelsea winning it but I don't see any other team that has gone to Camp Nou and played expansive football. It's a bit of a myth the media have created. If you look at the numbers, my teams have always been free-scoring teams."

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Transfer News: Hull City begin talks to sign Renne defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik

Hull City are in talks to sign defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik from French club Rennes, according to Sky sources.

Dunga replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari as manager of Brazil after World Cup semi-final exit

Brazil have appointed Dunga as their new national team manager following the resignation of Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Champions League: Celtic beat KR Reykjavic 4-0 at Murrayfield

Celtic eased into the second qualifying round of the Champions League with a 4-0 victory over KR Reykjavik.

Mail Box

Anyone But Rooney. Or Baines. Or Hart.

There isn't a great deal of excitement in the Mailbox regarding England's potential new captain, but we have good stuff on Gerrard's development and a one club man team...

Goodbye Patrice And Farewell Steven...

Man United fans say a fond farewell to Patrice Evra in the mailbox while there are also thoughts on Steven Gerrard's retirement from England duty. Plus, some rare cricket bantz...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property