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Di Matteo takes Schalke reins

2014-10-07 14:16
Roberto Di Matteo (Supplied)
Roberto Di Matteo (Supplied)
Cape Town - Bundesliga outfit Schalke have announced the appointment of former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo as a replacement for the sacked Jens Keller.

The Gelsinkirchen club announced the appointment of Di Matteo at the Veltins Arena in tandem with news of Keller's sacking, bringing an end to the German's two season reign at the club.

The Italian, who lead the London club to Champions League and FA Cup success before being sacked by the Blues, has been out of work since leaving Stamford Bridge in November 2012.

Schalke chairman Horst Heldt believes Di Matteo is the right man to bring stability to the club following a poor start to the season and is confident the 44-year-old will be a success in Gelsinkirchen.

"With the coaching change we want to implement a new impetus," he told the club's official website.

"We are firmly convinced that Roberto Di Matteo will stabilise the team and manage to achieve our goals in the Bundesliga and the Champions League."

Heldt also paid tribute to outgoing manager Keller, but admits that the German tactician's influence appeared to be waning in recent weeks and that it was time for a change.

"We should not forget that Jens Keller has done a good job in the past 22 months," he continued. "He took over the team in December 2012 in a difficult situation, led the team twice in the group stage of the Champions League and each time reached the knockout stage. He deserves the thanks of Schalke.

"[But] the achievements of the team in recent weeks have been repeatedly inferior and fluctuated strongly. We have lacked the necessary consistency to achieve our athletic goals. Therefore, we decided to make a change."

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