Chelsea still paying Di Matteo a year after he was sacked

Roberto Di Matteo is still receiving a weekly wage of £130,000 from Chelsea despite having been sacked by the Premier League club a year ago, the Daily Mail has reported.

Di Matteo was originally assistant to Andre Villas-Boas, with the pair appointed in the summer of 2011, but Villas-Boas – now at Tottenham Hotspur – was sacked in early 2012. Di Matteo was put in charge of the first team until the end of the season and responded by winning the Champions League, eventually being confirmed as the club’s full-time boss.

But six months later, in November 2012, the Italian was sacked after a run of games without a win left Chelsea off the pace in the league and struggling to defend their European crown. In the end Chelsea became the first Champions League holders to fail to get out of the group stage of the following year’s tournament, but by then Di Matteo had been dispensed with and Rafael Benitez installed as the interim manager. Benitez was later let go at the end of the season to make way for the returning Jose Mourinho.

After Di Matteo was sacked the club and the former Blues midfielder attempted to reach an agreement over the outstanding salary stipulated by his contract – but so far no settlement has been made. Di Matteo has earned over £7m from Chelsea and will continue to be paid until the summer of 2014 – or until he takes a new job, but the newspaper claims the Italian is unwilling to return to work on less money than he receive from Chelsea.

Di Matteo has been mentioned as a possible successor to Martin Jol at Fulham as the Dutchman comes under pressure, and was suggested as a replacement for Paolo Di Canio at Sunderland, only for Gus Poyet to fill the vacancy.

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