‘Sacked’ Chelsea manager Di Matteo named ‘Coach of Year’

London: Former Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo has been named as the ‘Coach of the Year’ less than a month after being sacked. The Italian who delivered the Champions League trophy to Roman Abramovich in May — only to be ditched by the Chelsea owner in November — picked up more silverware with the top gong at the Credit Suisse Awards in Zurich, The Sun reports.

Swiss-born Di Matteo, 42, was all smiles at the ceremony and remains hugely popular among the Chelsea supporters, the paper said. That is in stark contrast to his successor at Stamford Bridge, Rafa Benitez, who would surely lead the way if there was an award for the boss with least fans on his side, it added.