Chelsea’s Champions League mastermind leaves latest job

first_img Roberto Di Matteo 1 Former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has left his position as Schalke head coach after just seven months in the job.The Italian signed a three-year deal in October to take charge of the Bundesliga side, who were 11th in the table at the time of his appointment.Di Matteo initally sparked a turnaround which saw the club rise to third, but they endured a disappointing end to the season and finished the campaign in sixth to miss out on Champions League qualification.Now the 44-year-old, who led Chelsea to Champions League glory in 2012, has stepped aside after talks with general manager Horst Heldt.“In the last two days Horst Heldt and I not only discussed the last seven months, but more importantly turned our attention to planning the new season,” Di Matteo said.“I presented an idea for a possible successful future and the necessary conditions to put that idea into effect. Despite the fact that my discussions with Horst Heldt were constructive, at a certain point it became clear that the club’s view differed and would be unable to create those conditions in the foreseeable future.“The frustration at the club after an unsatisfactory second half of the season is too great. With the club unable to create what I consider to be the necessary conditions it is not possible to guarantee the success expected by a club like Schalke 04. Therefore I think a fresh start is best for a club and its supporters who have become very close to my heart.”Heidt added: “Roberto had a clear vision of the club’s future. When it became obvious that we had different views on the future of the club he always had the best interests of the club in mind regarding potential solutions.“Roberto Di Matteo took over in October 2014 with the club in 11th place. The situation was more difficult than outsiders could imagine. We had a lot of serious injuries and other problems.“Thanks to Roberto’s work we found winning ways again. In the Champions League we qualified for the round of the 16 and in defeating Real Madrid 4:3 at the Bernabeu nearly kicked the holders out of the competition. At the start of February we climbed to third in the Bundesliga. But after that we had a bad run that we couldn’t really stop until the end of the season.”last_img read more