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Chelsea Announce Roberto Di Matteo As New Assistant Coach To Andre Villas-Boas

Stamford Bridge idol returns.

Former Chelsea midfielder Roberto Di Matteo will return to the club as assistant to new manager Andre Villas-Boas.

The 41-year-old played for the Blues between 1996 and 2002 when injury forced his retirement at the age of 31.

The Italian’s highlights of his Stamford Bridge career were FA Cup final goals in 1997 and 2000, the first setting a Wembley record for the earliest in a final after just 43 seconds.

He will replace Paul Clement, coach for two years with Carlo Ancelotti, who has been put on gardening leave.

Di Matteo has been out of work since being sacked as manager of West Bromwich Albion in February.

Villas-Boas has also recruited Jose Mario Rocha, a 48-year-old fitness expert who worked alongside the Portuguese at his previous clubs Porto and Academica.

Another new face is Daniel Sousa who will become head opposition scout, the role occupied by Villas-Boas in his first spell at the club under Jose Mourinho between 2004 and 2007.

Sousa worked alongside Villas-Boas at his two former clubs. Steve Holland, Chelsea’s reserve coach last season, will also step up to work with the senior squad.

Gianfranco Zola is also reportedly being lined up with a return to the club he is still idolised by.

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