It took then-midfielder Roberto Di Matteo no more than 42 seconds after the kickoff of the 1997 FA Cup final to find the back of the net, propelling Chelsea to their first FA Cup victory in 27 years. As interim manager, it took him no more than three months to help Chelsea lift the Champions League trophy for the first time ever.
That tendency for quick success is one of many reasons why Di Matteo should remain at Stamford Bridge for many years to come.
After such an improbable triumph, it came as a surprise to many when the club stalled on whether to instill Di Matteo on a more permanent basis.
Finally, on June 13, Chelsea Chief Executive Ron Gourlay announced that the club was bringing back Di Matteo for two more years.
However, the short-term contract hinted at the fact that the Chelsea brass weren’t convinced that Di Matteo’s success wasn’t a fluke. It could also have been a cautionary move in case Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola were to be on the market in a couple of years.
Regardless if they were available or not, Di Matteo is hands down the best man for the job.
Here are three reasons why.