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Roberto Di Matteo Now Linked (Old Rumour!)

The Daily Star have caught up at last! The whisper for ages has been that Villa would be interested in Chelsea caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo if Chelsea don`t take him on permanently.

Forum thread: Click Here

The Daily Star article totally discredits itself though, because it says that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opted to stay in Norway.

As you will know if you`ve read the coverage on Vital Villa, he`s done no such thing! Catch up Daily Star.

They also say that Di Matteo is a 'shock` target.

Why is that a shock? If he isn`t taken on by Chelsea, he is young, hungry and has now had the ultimate success!

Apparently Di Matteo will find out this week if Roman Abramovich is going to take him on or not.

Di Matteo still lives in and around the Midlands from his Baggies days.

The Daily Star points out that Di Matteo wouldn`t cost anything in compensation as his contract runs out at the end of the month (I thought it was the end of June but I might have just miss-read that)

The Chelsea fans seem behind Di Matteo so this is probably a non story now. They were chanting that they wanted him to stay at the end of their victory v Bayern Munich.


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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 21 2012

Time: 10:18AM

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He has been the right man at the right time for Chelsea. I wouldn't be overly hall with this I don't think. I'd get behind him obviously.
Adam Deuce
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21/05/2012 10:26:00

Di Matteo has obviously done a brilliant job. However that job was to get the most out of the existing team after a sorry start to the season. It seems to me that he has been helped by a player reaction as we were at the end of last season and that he has yet to show whether he can change a team over time. The last time he had a chance to do that was at West Brom and we know what happened there. I doubt Cheslea will appoint him to the main job and for some good reason. I'm not sure we should either. Lots of names around but if you dig below the surface the choice is not that easy as few can really demonstrate that they have what it takes.
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21/05/2012 10:43:00

He has done a brilliant job there, but the tools (no pun meant) were already there. We've got a couple of tools.... but we don't want 'em.........
Pride of Lions
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21/05/2012 10:56:00

Don't want him. OGS all the way!
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21/05/2012 11:32:00

*overly happy, not hall. Obviously.
Adam Deuce
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21/05/2012 11:36:00

RDM was alway Chelsea through and through, and may well now be offered that job on a full time basis. The players there knew him and respected him and he knows how the club operates. He was harshly treated by Albion IMO, and would be worth considering for Villa if the trigger happy Abramovich shows him the door, which is less likely now that the European Cup sits at the Bridge. I think we will get OGS if Lambert fails to impress RL.
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21/05/2012 11:52:00

I would be fully behind whichever manager comes in, whether ir be OGS, RDM, or any of the GENUINE contenders for the post. But i would give a word of caution on OGS, I watched Molde play yesterday - well, half of it - and it was of a very poor standard, i would say on a par with our 1st or 2nd divisions, and it wasn't very pretty or very good........which is why i turned off
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21/05/2012 12:13:00

Spot on GLF.
Rowley Villa
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21/05/2012 13:17:00

Well i'm sure randy will base his decision on a bit more than half a football match griffgriff (so good they named him twice??)
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21/05/2012 13:32:00

do you mean the man who headhunted Alex Mcleish nottinghamvillain? lol not saying it won't be an inspired decision but there are a lot of people expecting a lot so we shouldn't expect too much. And about the name being so good they named me twice, i'm far better than that - griff is my middle name too! lol
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21/05/2012 13:55:00

griffgriff: I managed to watch 10 mins after half time and saw a good goal. But I agree with you regarding the standard. It got me thinking: clearly a manager can only work with the standard of player he has and that league is not anywhere near the best in the world. In the case of OGS, if he comes, we have to believe that his manure experience combined with his man management experience in Norway is enough. Look at Lamberts record and other than his Norwich experience, it is a tad thin too. On paper it looks as though we are spoilt for choice. Look deeper and its not quite the same and much will depend on the personality of whoever is chosen.
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21/05/2012 15:13:00

Totally agree GLB, the football IS a poor standard in Norway but Ole has gone in and got them their 1st championship in 100yrs so is doing a good job, and hopefully can transfer that to the vastly superior football of the EPL - time will tell. I believe that RL Must get this decision right so should interview the best available, in this country and in Europe
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21/05/2012 15:38:00

Your only as good as the players beneath you, AND if at first you do well with average players due to player confidence, Quality will shine through in the end. That's why I believe that Di Matteo has done so well at Chelsea. Yes he knew the club and most of the players, but he failed to perform at WBA with poorer quality players, although who is to say if they gave him more time what would have happened. AND thats my BIG question... Would either of OGS, Lambert, Martinez or even Capello be given enough time if we went on a bad run ? Our fans expect success and I really believe they would only give one of our own that time, just like Gregory, Little or ..... Laursen.
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21/05/2012 15:48:00


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