Roberto Di Matteo: Schalke appoint former Chelsea boss

Roberto Di Matteo
Roberto Di Matteo led Chelsea to victory in the 2012 Champions League

Former Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion boss Roberto Di Matteo has been appointed as the new manager of German club Schalke.

The Italian, 44, succeeds Jens Keller following the Bundesliga club's inconsistent start to the season.

Schalke are 11th in the league with eight points from seven games, having won just twice.

They are third in their Champions League group after two draws, including holding Chelsea 1-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Di Matteo is set to face his former club when the two teams play the reverse fixture in Germany on 25 November.

Roberto Di Matteo's managerial record
Milton Keynes Dons 2008-09
52 games - 27 wins, 11 draws and 14 defeats
West Brom 2009-11
83 games - 40 wins, 19 draws and 24 defeats
Chelsea 2012
42 games - 24 wins, 9 draws and 9 defeats

Keller had been in charge of Schalke since December 2012, and after being knocked out of the German Cup by third tier SG Dynamo Dresden earlier this season, his last game was a 2-1 defeat by Hoffenheim last Saturday.

"With the change in coach we want to give a new impulse," said Schalke sports director Horst Heldt in a statement.

"We are absolutely convinced that Roberto Di Matteo can stabilise the team so as to reach its Bundesliga and Champions League goals.

"We are missing the necessary consistency to meet our targets. This is why we took this step.

"The performance of the team in the past few weeks has fluctuated."

This is Di Matteo's first job since being dismissed by Chelsea in November 2012.

He had taken over as caretaker Chelsea manager from Andre Villas-Boas in March 2012 and led the Blues to the Champions League title and FA Cup trophy that season.

His success earned him a permanent deal but when he struggled in the following campaign his reign was brought to an end.

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