*Di Matteo* An Interview With A Chelsea Fan
1) Do you want Di Matteo to stay at Chelsea and do you think that goes for the majority?
It`s a subject that appears to have split our Vital Chelsea community. Whilst many are appreciative for what Robbie has achieved, others point to his poor league form since taking over (his points per game ratio is worse than that of Andre Villas-Boas). But the counter argument is that the squad was stretched and we had our eyes on the glittering prize, in Munich. Personally, I`d give him a go, stick him on a one year deal with the promise of another if he makes a fair fist of it.
2) How much difference DID Di Matteo make when AVB left, or do you think the rumours that the dressing room sorted itself is more the case (I think it is ridiculous but I can`t ask myself!)
I`m not sure we`ll ever know what went on in that dressing room. Comments that have been made by some players, in television interviews, would suggest that Villas-Boas had a unique way of going about things and lacked a little communication with the senior pro`s he was trying to dislodge. When Robbie took over he spoke individually to each player and told them what was expected and it looks as if his man-management skills galvanized the squad. Now whether senior professionals, within the squad, assisted him more than they did Villas-Boas, will always be the great debate.
3) Some on Vital Villa are turning their noses up at him because they say he was poor at WBA. For me, I think if you take on young managers you have to expect them to develop on the job, if he was to leave Chelsea, surely a job like Villa would be ideal and he`ll have learnt a lot from the stint at Stamford Bridge?
Those over at the Hawthorns didn`t turn their noses up when he lead them out of the Championship did they? Nobody gets things right all the time but, as you say, Robbie was young and he is still learning. If he were to be given the nod by Randy Lerner, I`d wager he`d do a better job than McLeish and Houllier did!
4) Do you think he`d take any of the backroom staff if he came or did he 'inherit` those when he took over as caretaker.
When he took over from Villas-Boas, his first move was to bring in his side-kick Eddie Newton. They worked together at MK Dons and also at West Brom and also played together in our 1997 FA Cup winning side. The other member of the managerial trio was Steve Holland, the ex-Crewe boss, now whether he`d come along too I`m unsure. I guess a lot of it would depend on who gets the nod, from Roman, to take over a tour place.
5) Would there be any way that he`d go back to being no2 and staying at Chelsea do you think?
Most definitely not! Would you return to being a number 2 when you`ve landed the biggest prize in European club football?
6) Some say he played negative football to win the Champions League. I think the only word in that sentence that matters is WIN - job done. Do you think the criticism is harsh or fair? What was the style of play in the league under him?
It`s very unfair! Only a fool would go gung-ho against Barcelona! As for the final, we were without some key players, four to be precise, we were playing in a far from neutral venue and we always knew we were going to be under the cosh, but don`t all great teams emerge from a solid defensive back line?
7) Any other comments, go for it.......
To be brutally honest, I love Robbie to bits. He`ll always have his place in our folklore as somebody that scored winning goals in 2 FA Cup Finals and then led us to a unique double that few clubs in this country will match. But will he make a good long term manager? Could he handle the overhaul of our squad> Two questions that nobody knows but I`d like to see him given a chance an dif we were to let him go, there are many a Chelsea supporter that would keep a close eye on his progress at Villa Park if that were his final destination!
We've also done an interview with Merlin re: Andre Villas Boas... well, why not?! That will follow in a while.
Thanks to Merlin @ www.chelsea.vitalfootball.co.uk
Roberto Di Matteo forum thread: Click Here
And now the press have picked up on his link: Roberto Di Matteo Now Linked (Old Rumour!)
Growing rumours, this one 27/05/2012: Click Here