Di Matteo appointed Schalke 04 boss

Former Chelsea player and manager Roberto Di Matteo has been appointed the new manager of German club Schalke 04, BBC Sport has reported.

The news comes nearly two years after he was sacked by the Blues, with a 3-0 Champions League defeat away to Juventus signalling the end of his reign in November 2013, despite winning Europe’s biggest prize earlier that year, as well as the FA Cup.

Initially brought in to oversee first-team affairs following the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas, the success Di Matteo achieved prompted owner Roman Abramovich to give the Italian the manager’s job on a full-time basis. Although he enjoyed a positive start, a poor run of results led to Abramovich replacing him with interim manager Rafael Benitez.

Di Matteo, who also has managerial experience with Milton Keynes Dons and West Bromwich Albion – who he guided to the Premier League in 2010, takes over from Jens Keller, who parted company with Schalke after an inconsistent start to the new season which has seen them win only two of their seven league matches.

They are also winless in the Champions League, in a group which does contain Chelsea, as well as Sporting Lisbon and Maribor. Di Matteo is due to face his former club, now managed by Jose Mourinho, on November 25.

Schalke sporting director Helst Holst said: “With the change in coach we want to give a new impulse. We are absolutely convinced that Roberto Di Matteo can stabilise the team so as to reach its Bundesliga and Champions League goals. We are missing the necessary consistency to meet our targets. This is why we took this step.’

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