Former Chelsea Champions League winning coach Roberto Di Matteo has revealed its time for him to return to football management full time once again, after opting out since November 2012.

The 43-year-old Italian maintains that he wants to do it properly regardless of the country, as long as its ‘challenging’ meaning there’s no time for anything else as he relishes a ’24/7′ coaching routine somewhere else anytime soon.

Di Matteo, who has been out of job since departing Chelsea two years ago, just a few months after leading the club to FA Cup and European success, revealed he has been “flattered” by overwhelming offers since leaving Stamford Bridge.

The former West Brom manager had initially been handed the job on an interim basis in March 2012 following Andre Villas-Boas’ sacking before landing a permanent deal a few weeks after beating Bayern Munich on penalties in the UCL final.

He has however, enjoyed his time out of football, but is now looking forward to taking on a new challenge as a manager.

Di Matteo told the Sunday Times: “As a manager I want to do it properly, so that means there’s no time for anything else, it is 24/7,”

“I thought it’s probably a good time to enjoy different aspects of life and it was also crucial for my family to settle them a little because we had been moving around for five years and they didn’t see much of me and I didn’t see much of them.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by offers, which I’m flattered by. But I made a decision. Many people disagreed but that’s the way I am. I follow my own

Regarding his next job, Di Matteo added: “It doesn’t matter what country but I need to be challenged by it. I need to feel the ambition of the club.

“You need to have a good relationship, with the board and with the owner. And you have to have a long-term vision but a short-term solution, because
in the short term you need to win games while you try to implement your long-term vision.”


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