Where is Roberto Di Matteo now?
Italian midfielder Roberto Di Matteo’s playing career ended abruptly at the age of 31 after a triple leg fracture sustained playing for Chelsea in a UEFA Cup tie against Swiss side St Gallen in 2000.
Although his career was cruelly cut sort he still played in over 350 first-team games and won a number of trophies including the FA Cup, the League Cup, the UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup and the Swiss Super League title.
He was also a mainstay of the Italy national side between 1994 and 1998 winning 34 caps and featuring in the 1996 UEFA European Championships as well as the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals.
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Having spent eight years out of the game after his injury, it surprised many when Di Matteo made a return to football when he replaced Paul Ince as manager of MK Dons.
After a great first season at the Dons leading them to third place in League One, he promptly got snapped up by West Bromwich Albion who had recently been relegated from the Premier League.
Once again he enjoyed a great season achieving a second place finish in the Championship and therefore achieving promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt.
Unfortunately his time in the top-tier came to an end in early 2011 and he was relieved of his duties after a disastrous run of 13 defeats in 18 games.
He was only out of the game for six months and in June 2011 he was appointed assistant manager at former club Chelsea under Andre Villas-Boas.
When AVB was sacked in March 2012 after a run of poor form, Di Matteo was promoted to caretaker manager which proved to be a revelation, revitalising the team and going onto win the FA Cup and the Champions League.
He was rewarded with the Chelsea manager’s job on a two year contract in June 2012 but was controversially sacked eight months into his tenure after a poor run of results.
In October 2014 he was appointed manager of German side FC Schalke 04 but left after only seven months after disagreements with the club’s owners on how to take the club forward.
He then made a return to England in June 2016 when he was appointed manager of recently relegated Aston Villa working with former team mate Steve Clarke as his assistant.
However, this appointment only lasted 124 days and he was sacked from his position after winning just one of his 11 Championship games leaving his side in 19th place in the table.
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Roberto Di Matteo: Premier League Statistics
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