Di Matteo makes Chelsea return

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Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has announced the appointment of Roberto di Matteo as the club's new assistant manager.

Unveiled in-front of the media for the first time this morning, one of the former Porto bosses first acts was to announce that the former midfielder is the club's new number two at Stamford Bridge.

"If you see the technical staff in front of me, and my appointment of Roberto, these are people who like the quality of the game and have a philosophy," said Villas-Boas during the press conference.

"It's not just a case of winning it's a case of flair. Everyone likes attacking football and the Premier League has a certain amount of goals in every game and it should be an entertaining game for the fans and that is what we will look to do."

A top manager in his own right, Di Matteo narrowly missed out on landing the Birmingham City job and has previously impressed during spells with MK Dons and West Bromwich Albion.


A winner of two FA Cups with the Blues, the former Italian international is joined by Jose Mario Rocha, who worked alongside Villas-Boas at both Porto and Academica.

Daniel Sousa is another new face in the backroom staff, in charge of opposition scouting, whilst Steve Holland steps up from reserve coach to assistant first team coach.

Vitor Pereira, the old number two at Porto, has taken the managerial role at the Estadio Dragao rather than moving to the Barclays Premier League.

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