Less than 24 hours after his Chelsea side suffered a one-sided loss to Juventus in the UEFA Champions League last month, coach Roberto Di Matteo found himself unemployed.
Some have questioned where Di Matteo will end up next. He admits he and his family are happy in England. But he could leave. Some have suggested that he will move to Italy. That seems unlikely, as he has never coached in Italy and coaches generally do not start in Serie A without having proven themselves in the lower ranks of Italian soccer.
Granted, Di Matteo did win the UEFA Champions League, the biggest prize in Europe. But Serie A clubs are looking for coaches who can take a team over a full season and not just a short period.
Di Matteo isn’t likely up for any elite job in Europe.
Thus, perhaps a good way to rebuild his reputation would be in Major League Soccer.
There is one team in the league that has a vacancy and would be a perfect fit for Di Matteo—the Montreal Impact.
Monteal’s two best players, defender Alessandro Nesta and forward Marco Di Vaio were just getting their careers started in the middle of the 1990s with Serie A side Lazio when Di Matteo was a starting midfielder for the club.
While former Impact coach Jesse Marsch tried his best and is certain to be a coaching candidate elsewhere in Major League Soccer, the reality is that he probably faced a very difficult task of trying to work some players who take instructions from only some of the top minds in the history of the game.
Di Matteo could change that. He brings in a big name and a player whom the top players would respect.
If Montreal can put together the right deal for Di Matteo, the Impact would have the opportunity to snag an exceptional coach.