Wednesday 13 June 2012
Chelsea have appointed Roberto Di Matteo as their manager on a permanent basis.
The Italian led the club to FA Cup and Champions League success last season after stepping in as interim boss following the exit of Andre Villas-Boas.
He returned from holiday to finalise a two-year contract to take charge of the Blues.
Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay said: "Roberto's quality was clear for all to see when he galvanised the squad last season and helped the club make history, and the owner and board are very pleased he will be continuing his good work.
"We all achieved incredible success last season that made history for this great club"
- Roberto di Matteo
"We all believed he was a young coach with much to offer when we first asked him to take charge of team affairs in March and the manner in which he worked with us, the players and all the staff, and the success that followed, made him the clear choice when it came to selecting the person to take us forward in the seasons to come.
"We will be working closely with Roberto in the weeks ahead, some exciting signings have already been made and Roberto has had input into those.
"Although he has set the bar very high in the short time he has been in charge, we know that Roberto is the right man to lead Chelsea onto further success."
The 42-year-old Di Matteo added: "I'm obviously delighted to have been appointed as manager and first-team coach. We all achieved incredible success last season that made history for this great club.
"Our aim is to continue building on that and I'm already planning and looking forward to the squad's return for pre-season."
Di Matteo is the fourth Italian to manage Chelsea, continuing his association with the club that began in 1996 when he signed from Lazio.