Roberto Di Matteo has just resigned from Schalke as head coach, citing frustration and a difference of opinion among the people at the club. He started the reins in October as the club stayed on the eleventh place in the Bundesliga table. Under his leadership, Schalke finished the season in third position and qualifying for the Europa League.
Di Matteo is actually still had another two years to run on his contract with Schalke. He told the press, “in the last two days, Horst Heldt and I not only discussed the last seven months, but more importantly turned our attention to planning the new season.” From the discussion, former Chelsea boss found that at a certain point, it became clear that the club’s view differed and would be unable to create those conditions in the foreseeable future.
“With the club unable to create what I consider to be the necessary conditions, it is not possible to guarantee the success expected by a club like Schalke 04,” Di Matteo added. According to him, the best for a club and supporters is a fresh start brought by a new head coach.
On the other hand, Schalke general manager, Horst Heldt has made it clear that all reports about a dismissal or a sacking of Roberto were completely untrue. He tries to emphasize that it is the coach’s decision to step down led to the situation of Schalke 04 having to look for a new head coach.
“Thanks to Roberto’s work, we found winning ways again. In the Champions League, we qualified for the round if 16 and in defeating Real Madrid 4-3 at the Bernabau, nearly kicked the holders out of the competition,” praised Heldt.
The Italian led Chelsea to the 2012 Champions League title but was replaced by Rafael Benitez after eight months. Assistant coach Attilio and goalkeeper coach Massimo Battara will also leave the club.