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Robbie Di Matteo Speaks

Robbie Di Matteo Speaks

Just over three months on from his controversial sacking, Roberto Di Matteo has finally broken his silence and spoken about his time at Chelsea in an interview with Italian journalists.

As with any other recent victim of football's revolving managerial carousel, Robbie had withdrawn completely from the public eye since receiving the boot in November.

There is little doubt that the board meted out a legal clause to keep him schtum, similar to the one that prevented Andre Villas Boas from addressing the club in the media after his dismissal until he took the reigns at Tottenham.

The 16th minute chanting in support of our former number 16 shows no signs of abating, and whilst Robbie made sure not to pass any judgement on his dismissal or the current incumbent who ousted him, he thanked Chelsea fans for their continued public displays of support.

'I was pleased to hear the fans cheer my name after I left. It was love at first sight with the supporters the moment I arrived in London and I am sure that love will continue over the years.'

He also spoke about our European Cup triumph in Munich, and the enthralling three month spell that led up to it.

'It was an incredibly emotional experience and a very difficult achievement.

'I had three fantastic months on the Chelsea bench, but also tough, as we worked up to 18 hours a day to achieve our results.'

In addressing the ongoing Frank Lampard contract situation, Robbie indicated that he had advised our midfield talisman to consider a move to Seria A with Lazio, the club he played for between 1993 and 1996 before Ruud Gullit brought him to Chelsea as our then record signing.

'It would certainly be a good choice for both parties. I`ve given him my opinion.

'Lampard is a great player and a great professional, so I am certain he can play at least another two years at the top level.

'I don`t know if he will join Lazio or not, but it would certainly be a good choice for both parties. We often talk and I gave him my opinion. At the end of the day he will make the decision.'

Linked to numerous roles in the press over recent months, Robbie was non-committal in speaking about his managerial future in the game.

'Have I had any contact with Italian clubs? I prefer not to talk about this, as I have a great deal of respect for the current coaches. In any case, I won`t hide that I am very happy with what Lazio are doing in Serie A.'

There can be little doubt that Robbie's unjust dismissal derailed our season on the domestic front, and a lesser man might have been tempted to aim a barb at the manager parachuted in by his former boss to right a supposedly wayward ship.

Robbie, however, maintains his class and reputation as one of the games true gentlemen.

One Di Matteo; The question is, will we ever have another gaffer like him?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Lofty 1905
Date:Friday January 25 2013
Time: 1:12PM


He's still jobless right??
25/01/2013 13:18:00
What other " European Cup" winning manager is jobless right now if you discount the soon to be jobless Mourinho?? *smh...speaks volumes about perceived ability doesn't it??
25/01/2013 13:19:00
Robbie deserves a chance at another big european club, i'm sure he would be welcomed in Italy. i doubt rafa would last beyond the season. Whose our next manager? nobody knows, I'm personally hoping mr M to be back.
25/01/2013 13:36:00
@MQ...dont worry your tactician(dont know in which world) will be joining him at the end of season..i told you before also he is not good enough and neither do his tactics...and we know the result...everyone knows rdm was sack because of not playing torres and not getting the best from him...which is impssible even for god also..i would prefer rdm tactics over rafa anytime ...if rdm ha ba then thing would have been different i think so...but oman never wanted him in first place so the scenario was different here..
25/01/2013 13:37:00
1 DM....There's only 1 DM....One Di matteooooooo, there's only 1 DM :) We love you old chap...
25/01/2013 13:39:00
LoL well said SHLOK but I don't consider Rafa a tactician anymore, he's too...I don't even know what to call him
25/01/2013 13:41:00
@Mq, leaving mid-season makes it hard to find a job, whoever you are in football. Di Matteo not having a job right now says nothing about his talent as a manager or how anyone perceives it. For all you know he could be lined up to replace JM at Madrid in the summer, unlikely, but you never know do you? Mourinho himself had an 8 month absence from the game after he left Chelsea, it doesn't mean we overrated him. C'mon mate.
25/01/2013 13:41:00
Mourinho's own players don't want him come next season, either he goes or they go (according to Marca) LoL what a "brilliant" Manager. Mourinho needs players like Materazzi who view him as a god, when faced with talent like Ronaldo, Ozil, Di Maria, Casillas etc he loses it. Perhaps RDM for Madrid LoL
25/01/2013 13:43:00
LoL talk about defending the indefensible HAZZABEE we all know no top club will appoint RDM. Why would Bayern choose Pep over the man that "beat" them??
25/01/2013 13:45:00
RDM is a "good guy" but not a good manager, perhaps for MK Dons or something like that, not for a top club. Hell even Southampton sacked and hired midseason, why did they not consider the " Champions League" winner?? LoL
25/01/2013 13:46:00
MQ....haha...dont worry just leave him alone...getting sick of both of them...hope the season ends and would be happy both he and torres leave our club...that would be best day for everyone..
25/01/2013 13:47:00
Torres has let me down probably just about the same level as he's let down Roman SHLOK I truly had high hopes for him especially when the season started. It's time to cut our losses, otherwise we could even lose top4 by May. Spurs are getting their act together, so too Arsenal. Sturridge is assimilating well @ the fools, he (imo) was a "must keep" for us but we sold him rather foolishly. He's better than Lukaku (he's more versatile) and now even Torres
25/01/2013 13:50:00
whatever anyone says RDM is a champions league /FA cup winning manager who is currently considering his options. He needs to be quiet atm as part of the terms of his contract termination with cfc. He may not have been right for us at this stage of our evolution but with his recent record, he wont lack for top quality work...thats for sure! Only 1 DM....
25/01/2013 13:55:00
I'm sorry that my archaic 'European Cup' parlance has perturbed you, Mq.
Lofty 1905
25/01/2013 14:07:00
@Mq, you're extremely opinionated which I quite like, but it's your logic which lets you down. I mean seriously, do you honestly think Southampton had the opprtunity to sign RDM but overlooked him? Nottingham Forest hired McCleish recently but that doesn't mean for a second that Forest think McCleish is a better manager than RDM. That is where your logic lets you down. RDM is most likely holding out for a better job. I wouldn't be surprised if he's waiting for the Lazio job, so even if Southampton had approached him, did it not occur to you that Robbie may have scoffed at the approach altogether? I don't think any Chelsea fan will sit here and try to claim tat RDM is one of the worlds best managers. The way you attack Di Matteo suggests that that's the perception you get from other Chelsea fans, it shouldn't be. What Di Matteo did, in anyone's book is extremely impressive, especially given his lack of experience. Still, no one is putting him in Mourinho's bracket or anything. "We all know no top club will appoint RDM" - again MQ this is where you let yourself down. You dont in fact know. And as for your summary on Mourinho ... *head in hands* *rolls eyes*
25/01/2013 14:11:00
@Mq....yaa same here dude...last season i was feeling so sorry for him that he never got proper service which he should...and when we got haz oscar marin this season i thought this would be torres season atlast i was hoping torres will pay all his due in one season only...but he made me realize that what a beutiful dream i was dreaming about him...and his performance was worse than a nightmre for we should sue him man he is a fraud man...hope we can appeal FA for transfering haz ban on torres and let them extend it for the rest of the season...
25/01/2013 14:12:00
What makes you think RDM wouldn't consider Southampton, Mq? And what makes you think he's not interested in taking a break until the start of a new season? He's very wealthy and had an intense experience at the club, to say the least, so it's perfectly reasonable to imagine a need for a break. That's what I'd do--enjoy my money and spend time w family and friends. But hey, there's always a certain amount of futility trying to respond to any of your comments. You're bad at thinking. Basic, elemental logic: going from point A to B to C: you can't do it. You've demonstrated time and time again that you can't do it. You should be embarrassed by your comments, but you're too brain-dead to understand why.
25/01/2013 14:27:00
*would* consider--not "would not." It's a shame we can't edit here. But my point w that is to remind not just Mq but anyone else that I am very confident that RDM has had job offers. You win two trophies with an aging team and people take notice.
25/01/2013 14:30:00
@Mq Pep guardiola was jobless since may until Januari.
25/01/2013 14:37:00
Laku: don't bother with logic. Mq can't follow it.
25/01/2013 14:38:00
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