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Roberto Di Matteo takes over as technical adviser at Jeonbuk Motors

Ex-Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo lands job in South Korea – becoming technical adviser at two-time Asian champions Jeonbuk Motors – seven years on from his sacking at Aston Villa

  • Roberto Di Matteo, 52, has taken over as technical director at Jeonbuk Motors
  • The former Chelsea manager won the Champions League and the FA Cup in 2012
  • Di Matteo hasn’t held a managerial job since his sacking from Aston Villa in 2016
  • Jeonbuk are the most successful South Korean outfit with nine K-League titles 

Former Chelsea and Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo has joined South Korean side Jeonbuk Motors as technical adviser.

Di Matteo, who led the Blues to Champions League and FA Cup glory as caretaker boss in 2012, has not held a managerial position since his departure from Aston Villa in 2016.

Jeonbuk ended a string of five consecutive title-winning seasons last campaign, as Kim Sang-sik’s side finished runners-up behind Ulsan Hyundai in the K-League. 

Ex-Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has taken over as technical director at Jeonbuk Motors

Jeonbuk are the most successful South Korean team in history, winning nine K-League titles

Despite winning two major trophies at Stamford Bridge, Di Matteo has only chalked up three brief spells as a manager since 2012, failing to hold down head coach roles for more than a season at Chelsea, Villa and Schalke.

After waiting seven years without a return to management, the 52-year-old has now taken on a fresh challenge as technical adviser at the Korean giants.

Di Matteo made 119 appearances for Chelsea as a player between 1996 and 2002, winning two FA Cup titles and one League Cup during his six-year stint at the club.

Di Matteo initially took over as caretaker boss at Chelsea after the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas

The Italian went on to claim the Champions League trophy with Chelsea in the summer of 2012

The midfielder also racked up 34 caps for Italy before his final international match at the 1998 World Cup.

Jeonbuk hold the record for the most K League titles in the division’s history, with nine trophies between 2009 and 2021.

The South Korean outfit also became the first club from East Asia to win the AFC Champions League since the tournament launched its current format in 2003.




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