Di Matteo is new bookies second favourite


Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo Brighton v Chelsea Photo: Olly Greenwood

Roberto Di Matteo has been made the second favourite by book makers to take charge of West Ham following his resignation as head coach of Schalke 04.  The 44-year-old had been in charge of the Bundesliga club for just seven and half months.

But defeat by Hamburg on Saturday left Schalke with two wins from 10 games to miss out on a Champions League place. Schalke ended the season sixth meaning they will compete in next season’s Europa League.

Di Matteo said he resigned because of a difference of opinion over plans for next season following a meeting with the club’s director of sport Horst Heldt. “I offered a plan for a possible successful future and what the conditions for that would need to be,” said Di Matteo, who had two years left in his contract. “It became clear that the club had a different emphasis. This is why I decided to resign from my position as head coach.”

The Italian led Chelsea to the 2012 Champions League title but was replaced by Spaniard Rafael Benitez after eight months.

Di Matteo started his manager career At MK Dons before later taking West Brom to promotion to the Premier League.


About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

21 comments on “Di Matteo is new bookies second favourite

  1. This sounds interesting at last.
    I hope they are already secretely talking to him because we don’t need a long wait ( especially if we do go into the europa league )
    This option has all the necesary experience and sucess rate we need.

  2. What a geezer who was sacked by WBA,we would be better off with Bielsa,just for you dafishy 😉

  3. ha ha at least this one has been succesful.

  4. most of these managers are as good as the money they can spend.
    We will give him more than west brom but not so much as chelsea, so somewhere between the champions league and the championship lol

  5. Lol,ok,better employ him then.But Bilic is in London so your dream could be shattered 😉

  6. He took over a good Chelsea side and was lucky right place right time,since then nothing
    Not one we should be looking at,Biesla,Klopp and De Boar much better qualification
    Emery if not at Milan,
    Sorry not for me EVER

    • I dont need to comment on Bielsabub. One lucky year when he inherited a squad and won a cup, since then nothing. He is just a fantasy league manager. Woops; I commented on him! silly me lol

  7. I wouldn’t mind Billic but only coz he is an ex hammer. He is a straight 50 / 50 gamble, with no great record. I would of course support him being a West Ham supporter.

    • Only because he is an ex-hammer? Even though he was out the door as soon as he got a better offer, just 40+ games? I don’t blame him for doing what he thought was best for himself, but he is not “one of our own”, we were a stepping stone for him.

  8. If we cant get Klopp this is our guy !

    Ive just been chatting to a mate of mine I went to school with whose dad, Ken Shellito used to manage Chelscum….He really rates Di Mateo, said he was treated badly by Cheatski and didnt want him to go !!

    • Chelsea supporters were livid that he got fired, but yes Klopp is my favorite but it dont seem likely.

  9. Sleeps, I’m glad you had an epiphany… lol

    • That sounds disgusting lol
      Actually I have changed my views, if thats what you mean. Stability is still the most important thing. More important than ever, now we need a new manager.

  10. I dont want this fella, so hit and miss. Yes he is better than Sam but There are much better options than him, he would be about tenth on my list

  11. I just checked and he is actually 12th on my list

  12. Please don’t tell me this is who we end up with. Guaranteed relegation. Managed a great squad of players with success for one season then nothing. Would be a disaster.

  13. Hmmmmm, food for thought indeed…….. What happened last time we had a Celscum reject as our Manager……

  14. He has done nothing. At Chelsea he was no more than an interim front for Terry, Lampard and one or two other senior players holding things together until they got a proper manager.

  15. More entertaining football than BFS but not an appointment that would show any great ambition,not for me there’s a lot better out there

  16. It’s just bookies talk again,if he was all that was available the 2 faves would have kept BFS
    Not worth yo thinking about.
    What happened to the one we were told by a good source who spoke English but had never managed in the premier?

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