Roberto Di Matteo is certainly good enough in terms of his skill set to go and start a career coaching in another country and Schalke could be very good for him in a number of ways.
He’s been out of work since he was sacked by Chelsea earlier in the season and although he still enjoys a good reputation in England, he may feel disillusioned over how he was treated at the club.
A fresh start could do him some good and the fact it might not be in the English game is positive because he won’t have to deal with any of the negative elements to English football he may have a problem with.
The biggest positive of this possible move is the chance he’ll get to expand his experience and possibly return to England as a better coach, much later on in his career.
He can experience a different type of football, which will test him tactically and personally as he tries to improve Schalke’s fortunes in terms of the gap between themselves and other big side like Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.
It also seems to be a very good deal for Schalke because they are getting a manager who secured the FA Cup and the Champions League as his last two pieces of silverware.
He is also a very likeable individual in terms of his style and the way he man manages players, which makes him approachable at the club and ensures he will get the respect of his players from the second he walks into his office.
There will be challenges such as communication, adapting and adjusting to a new team and budget but these are challenges, which are common in the world of football and they won’t make a difference to him if he decides it’s the job he wants to go after.
Di Matteo may have started to doubt himself following his exit from Chelsea but he did nothing wrong there, he was always under pressure from the side’s wealthy owner who seems to demand a Champions League title each season or you’re out of the door.
Many Chelsea fans would take him back right now but he has a chance to go off and do something different, which will ultimately aid him in the long run.
Would you be sorry to see Di Matteo leave England?
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