Roberto Di Matteo named Swiss Coach of the Year

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Roberto Di Matteo was named Swiss Coach of the Year at an awards ceremony in Zurich, barely a month after being sacked by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

The Italian coach, who was born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland was crowned Coach of the Year after his success at Chelsea last season.

Di Matteo took over as Interim boss after the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas in early 2012 and steered the Blues to double title success in, winning both the FA Cup and the club's first Champions League.

Thanks to those results, Roman Abramovich decided to keep Di Matteo on board but the Italian failed to convince the Russian and Chelsea's place in the last 16 of the Champions League was in danger, after some disappointing results.

Di Matteo, who previously managed Milton Keynes Dons and West Bromwich Albion, was sacked on November 21 after the 3-0 loss against Juventus and was replaced by Spaniard Rafael Benitez.

The vote for Coach of the Year was very close but the ex-Blues boss won by 0.2 percentage points, while FC Basel were named Team of the Year.

"It was a eventful year for me, full of emotion. But it is nice to see the great appreciation I get in Switzerland", Di Matteo said in his acceptance speech at the Credit Suisse Awards.

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