Di Matteo proud of time in charge of Chelsea

Roberto di Matteo is proud of his time at Chelsea after yesterday's sacking.

Roberto di Matteo is proud of his time at Chelsea after yesterday's sacking.

Di Matteo spent eight months in charge at Stamford Bridge winning both the FA Cup and for the first time in the club's history, the Champions League.

"It was an honour for me to be appointed manager of a club that I loved playing for and one that is so close to my heart," he said in a statement issued by the League Managers Association.

"I am extremely proud of the successes and trophies that we were able to bring to the club in recent months.

"Lifting Chelsea's first Champions League trophy, in Munich, was the best achievement in club history and without doubt the highlight of my career to date, both as a player and manager. It is a memory I will treasure for the rest of my life.

"I have a deep and unreserved passion for Chelsea football club and I would like to sincerely thank all of the staff, my players and of course the Chelsea fans, for their tremendous and unconditioned support in the intense time I have been the manager at the Bridge. I wish all of them every success for the rest of the season and beyond."

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