The overnight speculation that inferred Roberto Di Matteo was to be appointed as the assistant to Andre Villas-Baos was proven to be correct this morning when Villas-Boas held his first press conference.
Di Matteo returns to Stamford Bridge, as Andre`s assistant, having achieved legendary status as a player.
Although his playing career was cruelly cut short after he picked up an injury on neutral Swiss soil, against St Gallen, nobody will ever forget the part Di Matteo played in re-establishing Chelsea as a force.
The Swiss born Italian international, signed by Ruud Gullit, scored crucial goals in three important Wembley Cup Finals.
His goal, against Middlesbrough in 1997, is in the history books as the fastest FA Cup Final goal in history at the old Wembley.
His goal, against Middlesbrough in the League Cup Final, a year later gave the newly appointed Gianluca Vialli his first trophy whilst his winning goal in the 2000 FA Cup Final was to prove to be the last scored in an FA Cup Final at the old Wembley.
Roberto also scored some other fine goals and two that spring to mind are a scorcher against Arsenal, in the League Cup semi-final in 1998, and one at Filbert Street in the FA Cup in 1997.
Having been forced to retire, Roberto then went into management and started to create a reputation for being one to watch whilst in charge of MK Dons. West Bromwich then snapped him up and Roberto took the Baggies back into the Premier League at the first attempt before being sacked this season with West Bromwich hovering above the relegation zone but not in any immediate danger.
His appointment at Stamford Bridge may come as a surprise to many who believed he wouldn`t be happy to accept the role of a number two but it shouldn`t be forgotten that Chelsea played a major part in his rehabilitation from injury whilst also allowing Roberto to visit frequently to further his coaching career.
On the surface it may seem a strange combination teaming up an Italian with a Portuguese but it`s something that excites me. They many well be the youngest combination in the Premier League, with a combined age of 74, but AVB and RDM could be just the pairing that takes this fine club of ours to a new level.
Welcome home Robby!
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