Wednesday, 29 June 2011
Roberto Di Matteo returns to Chelsea
Former Chelsea midfielder and West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo has been confirmed as Andre Villas-Boas' new assistant manager at Stamford Bridge. It was widely acknowledged that the new boss of last season's Premier League runners-up would look to bring in a No.2 after his preferred choice, Vitor Pereira, was appointed as his successor at Porto. And former Chelsea midfielder, Di Matteo, who won two FA Cups with the Londoners in his playing career, has been confirmed as the man who will work alongside Villas-Boas and provide an insight into the club. Di Matteo was most recently manager at West Bromwich Albion, where he achieved promotion to the Premier League at the first attempt before departing The Hawthorns in early February.
As expected, Villas-Boas also brings with him Jose Mario Rocha, a 48-year-old fitness expert who worked alongside the new manager at both his previous clubs, Porto and Academica. Another new face will be Daniel Sousa, who will become head opposition scout, the role previously occupied by Villas-Boas in his first spell at Chelsea between 2004 and 2007. Sousa also worked alongside Villas-Boas at each of his former clubs. Reserve coach Steve Holland will also step up to work with the senior squad, becoming an assistant first-team coach, while Christophe Lollichon continues as goalkeeping coach.