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Former Chelsea Manager Linked With Switzerland National Side Post

Italian in the frame for Swiss national side.

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Former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has been linked with the role of replacing Ottmar Hitzfeld as the manager of the Switzerland national team next summer, according to Sports Direct News.

Hitzfeld is set to take his side to the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, but will be retiring after the tournament, leaving the country to look at Di Matteo as a good option to replace him.

A Champions League winner in his time at Stamford Bridge, Di Matteo has been out of work ever since being sacked by Roman Abramovich last season, despite being recently linked with the likes of Sunderland and Galatasaray.

The 43-year-old represented the Italian national team during his time as a player, but was born in Switzerland and notably played for FC Zurich at club level before moving to Lazio.

As a manager, he has also had spells in charge of MK Dons and West Brom, and is known for his teams’ attacking philosophy, which could be ideally suited to a talented young generation of attacking players in the Swiss national setup at the moment.

With the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka and Pajtim Kasami coming through, Di Matteo may be tempted to work with a team who look to be on the rise in European football.

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