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

10:42 05 March 2012

Roberto Di Matteo

Roberto Di Matteo

Archant

Vote in our poll and join in the debate

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.

Related articles

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Two of the league’s least resilient defences face off at Anfield, while Manchester City need someone other than Sergio Aguero to score.

Read more

The mother of seven of the children suffered serious stab wounds. She remains in a stable condition in hospital.

Read more

Derby was born with badly deformed legs but now he can run.

Read more

Promoted content

We've got a great selection of Secret Santa presents and stocking fillers for under a tenner...  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Office Secret Santa: it’s a Christmas ritual that everyone dreads, but no-one wants to seem like a Scrooge by saying no. Never fear, London24 is here to make buying gifts for Dave in Accounts simple and stress-free, with a selection of presents for under a tenner

Money saving Christmas gifts to add to your shopping list!

It’s nearly time to go on the hunt for Christmas presents, stuck on what to get for your nearest and dearest? We’ve picked out a selection of great deals to get you started and to help you save some pennies!

Match reports

TOP STORIES

Chelsea Transfer News

Quizzes

Can you name these moustaches?

Movember is upon us once again and men across the country are growing moustaches to raise money to battle prostate cancer.

Read more
Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho go head to head (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Football managers are either deified or chastised, depending on results and they are some of the most famous faces in the country.

Read more
Roy Keane  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Roy Keane denied the world of more glorious beard action this weekend by shaving his famous chin hair off, however football is still littered with some impressive beards.

Read more
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and Arsenal's Arsene Wenger (Pictures: Getty Images)

London derbies are always eagerly anticipated but few more than when Chelsea and Arsenal meet.

Read more