14 Jun 2012

Di Matteo gets Chelsea job

11:41 am on 14 June 2012

Roberto Di Matteo has gained his reward for steering Chelsea to Champions League and FA Cup glory last season after being appointed manager on a permanent basis.

The former Italy, Lazio and Chelsea midfielder has signed a two-year contract with the Londoners.

The 42-year-old is the eighth manager to have worked under Roman Abramovich since the Russian billionaire bought the Premier League club in 2003, Di Matteo following Claudio Ranieri, Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink, Carlo Ancelotti and Andre Villas-Boas.

In March, Di Matteo was promoted from assistant coach to interim manager with the team in turmoil following the sacking of Portuguese Villas-Boas.