Roberto Di Matteo
West Bromwich Albion
Attacking aims – Issue 7 (February 2011)
Popular Italian Roberto Di Matteo enjoyed a hugely successful career as a player, turning out for Lazio and Chelsea amongst others. He remains the scorer of the fastest ever goal in a Wembley final when he found the net for the London club against Middlesbrough in 1997 after just 43 seconds.
Roberto was forced into early retirement at the age of 31 through injury, but despite boasting a degree and an MBA in business studies, he remained in football, enjoying his first break in management when being appointed the new boss of MK Dons in July 2008.
He led the club into the League One play-offs and, a year later, accepted the chance to become the new manager of West Bromwich Albion.
Promotion to the Barclays Premier League was secured at the first attempt, and this season the Baggies have achieved some notable scalps, including victory at Arsenal, a result which helped the former Italy international scoop the Premier League Manager of the Month award for September.
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