"if it moves, kick it. If it doesn't move, kick it until it does"

Roberto Di Matteo announced as Baggies boss.

Roberto Di Matteo has been confirmed as successor to Tony Mowbray as West Bromwich Albion's manager. The 39 year old guided Milton Keynes Dons to the League One play-offs last season, after replacing Paul Ince who left for Blackburn...(only to be told to go soon after), and now will be on a one year rolling contract at The Hawthorns.

Albion's board approached Di Matteo late on Monday with the intent to making him Mowbray's replacement. Also on the shortlist was Preston's Alan Irvine but he rejected the offer. Di Matteo's former Chelsea team-mate Eddie Newton, who was his assistant at MK Dons will again be his assistant at the Baggies. Former sprinter Ade Mafe will also leave the Dons to become Albion's fitness coach. Di Matteo has impressed in his first year of management and will be looking to do even better than he has now he is with Albion, after Albion were relegated from the Premier League last season and have been leaderless since Mowbray left for Celtic on June 17.
West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace said: "I am delighted with Roberto's appointment, which concludes an intensive selection process during which over 40 names were considered. We shortlisted two outstanding candidates, spoke to both of them after receiving permission from their clubs, and ultimately Roberto was the unanimous choice of the board."

Di Matteo was born in Switzerland and made 34 appearances for Italy during a great playing career which was cut short by injury in 2002.
He joined Chelsea from Lazio in 1996 and became a firm favourite at Stamford Bridge before he was forced to retire at the age of 31.
I remeber when he was one of Gullit's go-to men in the Chelsea side of "sexy" football. He was in my opinion a good player, a great passer of the ball, great technique and was also a good finisher when he needed to be.I'm sure he'll do well for Albion, i wish him all the best.


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