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Picture gallery: Profile of new manager Roberto Di Matteo
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3rd Jun 2016
Picture gallery: Profile of new manager Roberto Di Matteo


Roberto Di Matteo brings class and composure to B6 after being appointed new boss of Aston Villa.

As a midfielder, Roberto enjoyed spells at Schaffhausen, Z├╝rich Aarau, Lazio and Chelsea.

Check out our PICTURE GALLERY of Di Matteo.

Di Matteo is best remembered for his time at Stamford Bridge.

His passing ability and accurate long-distance shooting saw him become one of the driving forces of Chelsea's resurgence in the late 1990s.

In his six years in London, he made 175 appearances and scored 26 goals.

He was capped by Italy 34 times, scoring two goals for the Italian national team - and played for them in the Euro 1996 and 1998 World Cup.

He retired as a player in February 2002 at the age of 31 due to injury problems.

This didn't stop his involvement in the sport he loves so much.

He took over as MK Dons boss in 2008 and took them to third in League One, losing a play-off semi-final on penalties.

That achievement earned him rave reviews and West Brom came calling when Tony Mowbray left the Hawthorns for Celtic.

With the Baggies, Di Matteo did enjoy promotion as they moved up from the Championship to the Premier League after just one season under the Italian.

He was replaced by Roy Hodgson but was soon back in the game as assistant to Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea.

He was soon in the hotseat, however, after Villas-Boas was sacked. It was an inspired choice to make Di Matteo the No.1 as he earned them the FA Cup and Champions League.

After leaving Stamford Bridge, he took over as manager of Schalke and experienced success in Germany, engineering an upturn in results after being appointed in October 2014 and coming within one goal of knocking out Real Madrid from the Champions League with a 4-3 win in the Bernabeu.

Check out our PICTURE GALLERY of Di Matteo.

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