Debate & Poll: Is Di Matteo the right man to lead Chelsea?

10:42 05 March 2012

Roberto Di Matteo

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Roberto Di Matteo has been appointed as interim manager by Chelsea until the end of the season after the Blues decided to sack Andre Villas-Boas, but is he the right man for the job?

Di Matteo was appointed as the Portuguese manager's assistant in June 2011 after being out-of-work since West Brom sacked him in February.

The former Italian international, who was born in Switzerland, is known to Blues fans after his six-year spell as a player at Chelsea between 1996 and 2002.

During his time at the Blues, Di Matteo won the FA Cup twice, as well as the League Cup, Uefa Super Cup and the Charity Shield.

In the 1997 FA Cup final Di Matteo scored after 42 seconds and in his later years at Stamford Bridge the Italian played with current Chelsea stars, John Terry and Frank Lampard.

Following retirement, in 2008 Di Matteo took over at League One club, MK Dons, leading them to third in the 2008/09 season, missing out on automatic promotion to Peterborough by a mere two points.

Unfortunately for the Dons, they lost on penalties in the play-off semi-finals to eventual winners, Scunthorpe United.

After the play-off defeat West Brom came calling for Di Matteo following their relegation from the Premier League and the Italian had a successful first campaign, guiding the Black Country club back into the top flight in his first season in charge as the Baggies finished second.

Despite his initial success Di Matteo was dismissed from the role after the Baggies lost 3-0 to Manchester City on February 5 2011, leaving them two points clear of the bottom-three. The Italian managed West Brom for 83 games, winning 40, drawing 19 and losing 24, giving him a win percentage of just over 48 per cent.

In June 2011 Di Matteo was announced as the assistant to Villas-Boas.

The Portuguese boss was sacked because the club were languishing in fifth place, three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal and had endured run of form that saw the Blues pick up just 12 points from an available 24 in 2012.

The Chelsea board then placed Di Matteo in temporary charge until the end of the season.

Villas-Boas left Do you think Di Matteo is the right man to take charge of Chelsea? Is he experienced enough? Will he get the respect of the dressing room? Vote in our poll and comment below to make your opinion heard.

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