West Brom boss Clarke happy for Di Matteo over Chelsea success

West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke is delighted for Roberto di Matteo over his success at Chelsea. Clarke is impressed by Di Matteo’s revival after his sacking by WBA.

West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke is delighted for Roberto di Matteo over his success at Chelsea.

Clarke is impressed by Di Matteo’s revival after his sacking by WBA.

The Albion boss said: “If someone has taken you up to the Premier League, you’d expect them to stick around a bit longer.

“It was probably painful at the time but Robbie bounced back really well from it. I didn’t see him as a future manager when we played together. Some people maybe, but it was a ‘No’ to Roberto. But he was devastated when he had a bad injury that forced him to retire.

“Then when I was coaching the youth team one day, he was standing by my side and asking me questions. I’m not surprised he’s done well as he’s a very deep thinker.

“I’ve been impressed with the way he’s handled everything at Chelsea. He’s a good man and a decent person.

“I hope Robbie will get a warm welcome — he’ll certainly get one from myself and the staff.”

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