Date: 29th June 2011 at 1:55am
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Chelsea supporters have had several days to digest the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas, and will today get the chance to see him hold his first press conference.

Scheduled for 9:30, Villas-Boas is expected to unveil his backroom staff and field questions from the assembled journalists.

Various media outlets are already tipping Roberto Di Matteo to be unveiled as the clubs new assistant manager, filling a role that has been vacant since the departure of Ray Wilkins.

Whilst the outgoing Paul Clement nominally held the position of assistant first team coach under Carlo Ancelotti, as did the bizarre appointee Michael Emenalo, neither had the high profile of Wilkins and many felt that Ancelotti was deprived of an able deputy during the final months of his tenure.

The return of Roberto Di Matteo would undoubtedly be welcomed by supporters, he enjoyed a tremendous spell at Stamford Bridge during his playing career, cut short by a cruel injury that robbed him of several years of football.

He has gone on to manage Milton Keynes, narrowly missing promotion to the Championship, and West Bromwich Albion.

His tenure with the baggies was successful, earning promotion to the premiership in his first season, but he was dismissed in February after a run of poor form.

He was one of the managerial candidates for Birmingham City after the departure of Alex McLeish, but the club decided to appoint Alex Hughton.

Villas-Boas is also expected to appoint fitness coach Jose Mario Rocha, replacing the outgoing Glen Driscoll, and appoint Daniel Sousa as the clubs chief opposition scout.

Club doctor Bryan English has also departed, with Lille’s Franck Le Gall expected to be appointed in his place.

Andre Villas-Boas has wasted no time in reshaping the backroom set-up at Stamford Bridge, and today we should learn more about his intentions for the season ahead.

 
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