Roberto di Matteo has an extraordinary managerial CV for someone who only took up his first job in 2008. He is the only manager to have won the Champions League for Chelsea and was quite harshly sacked by them last year.
You may think that he would be in demand and must have been considered for numerous jobs since that sacking. Practically every job that becomes available in the top two divisions in England, Roberto is linked with. Yet he is still yet to land himself a job, but that could be due to one big reason. He is still being paid £130,000 a week by Chelsea according to The Daily Mail.
He will continue to be paid that amount until June 2014. That is the contract he was given at the start of the 2012-2013 season. However Roman Abramovich decided to sack the Italian just a few months into that contract. A compensation package couldn't be agreed on, and so he has carried on receiving his weekly wage.
If di Matteo took up another job, which perhaps Abramovich would have expected him to, then he would no longer be paid by Chelsea. From a financial point of view though, why would Roberto take another job considering he has already banked £6.5m in the last year from doing absolutely nothing?
He is rated as one of the best young managers in England having impressed at MK Dons, West Bromwich Albion and then Chelsea. Sunderland were linked with him when Paolo di Canio was sacked and many Mackems fans wanted him to be appointed.
Given his brilliant achievements with Chelsea and the passion he instilled into the team when he took over, many clubs would love to have him as manager. Who knows whether he has held talks with clubs, and he may just be waiting for the right opportunity. But when you are being paid £130,000 a week not to work, it makes it just a bit harder to search out jobs that will most probably pay you a lot less.
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