Roberto Di Matteo departs Schalke

Former Chelsea player and manager Roberto Di Matteo has resigned at Bundesliga side, Schalke.

The coach who has won the Champions League before was being heavily criticised by the Schalke faithful during the course of the season, with many almost expecting him to resign in the summer. 

Before his departure, there was plenty of media speculation across Europe that the Italian would be stepping down at the season’s close.

In a statement that Di Matteo released on the official Schalke website, he has given a number of reasons why he shorted his stay with the Royal Blues, including the indifferences between himself and the club’s management.

He also put across the mood within the club as another reason as to why he has stepped down.

“The baggage of the second half of the season is so big and under these conditions, it would be hard to guarantee that we could return to the success that the club wants,” he added. “For that reason, it now seems a new start is the best for all involved.”

Di Matteo was appointed back in October 2014 following the sacking of Jens Keller. 44-year-old Di Matteo who won the Champions League with Chelsea, despite only being brought in on a temporary basis to fill the void left by the sacked Andre Villas Boas, took Schalke to 11th in the Bundesliga table when he was first brought in.

As the season concluded, Schalke’s form just started dropping and dropping. Because of this, they surrendered their spot in next year’s Champions League tournament, finishing 6th in the table after a final day defeat to Hamburg. Europa League is what beckons for their next manager.

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