Roberto Di Matteo resigns as Schalke manager

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Roberto Di Matteo has resigned as manager of Schalke after just a seven and a half month stint as manager.

The Italian took over the reins at the German side in October 2014 and looked to have worked wonders, seeing them climb up the league from 11th place to third.

But the side ultimately missed out on Champions League qualification, as a poor run of form saw them win just two of their last 10 league games and finish in sixth place, only good enough to secure Europa League football.

The 44-year old manager, who had two years left on his contract, resigned after a difference of opinion over the club’s future direction after a meeting with the club’s director of sport Horst Heldt.

In an interview with the BBC, the former Chelsea man said: "I offered a plan for a possible successful future and what the conditions for that would need to be”.

"It became clear that the club had a different emphasis. This is why I decided to resign from my position as head coach."

This could spark a return to the Premier League for the ex-Chelsea manager, who famously guided the club to Champions League success in 2012. He is thought to be on the shortlist for the West Ham job, being named second favourite behind Slaven Bilic, who has recently left Besiktas.

With the Hammers looking to play more attractive football this campaign, Di Matteo’s style would be suited to the board’s plans for the club even if his Chelsea connections may not be a big hit with the West Ham faithful.

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