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Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The Italian had a successful spell as interim head coach
Chelsea have appointed Roberto Di Matteo as manager on a two year deal.
The Italian was appointed after winning the FA Cup and Champions League as interim head coach.
“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,” chief executive Ron Gourlay said.
“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.
“We will be working closely with Roberto in the weeks ahead, some exciting signings have already been made and Roberto has had input into those.
“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.”
Di Matteo was understandably delighted at being given the job.
“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.”