Roberto Di Matteo: Working for Roman Abramovich was ‘fantastic’

Roberto Di Matteo insists that working as Chelsea boss under owner Roman Abramovich was a "fantastic experience"

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Roberto Di Matteo was sacked as Chelsea boss back in November Photo: The Sport Review

Roberto Di Matteo insists that working as Chelsea boss under owner Roman Abramovich was a “fantastic experience”, despite the Italian’s sacking early last season.

Di Matteo took over at Stamford Bridge in March 2012 initially on an interim basis following Andre Villas-Boas’s dismissal.

The former West Brom coach guided the Blues to their first-ever Champions League crown as well as the FA Cup before being handed the role on a permanent basis last summer.

However, the 43-year-old was sacked back in November following a poor run of results and replaced by Rafael Benítez.

“Most successful managers have been sacked, so I have great company there,” Di Matteo told Goal. “It’s part of the experience. I’m now looking forward to winning many more things ahead.

“It was a fantastic experience working under him. Abramovich had his own opinion so sometimes we had to agree and sometimes disagree but, at the end of the day, we had to move on.

“He gave me the opportunity to serve the club and did my best and I am now looking to the future.”

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