5 assistant managers who went on to become successful managers
Like Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan to name a few in the era before the Premier League, a few assistant managers have taken up the mantle of a manager and went on to do well.
Steve McClaren, for example, was an assistant manager under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, who did well in Holland winning the league as manager. However, with numerous spells across clubs and a brief spell as England manager, honours were hard to come by for the Englishman.
Here we take a look five men who learned their trade by working their way up as assistant managers and then went on to become successful managers.
#5 Roberto di Matteo
Former Chelsea player and UEFA Champions League winning manager, Roberto Di Matteo, joined Chelsea as an assistant manager under then manager Andre Villas-Boas. After the sacking of the Portuguese, Di Matteo took over and guided Chelsea to their first Champions League title.
Prior to joining Chelsea, he worked for West Bromwich Albion, and was most recently manager of Aston Villa before Steve Bruce took over in 2016.
The 47-year-old also had a stint at Schalke that didn’t go well, but remains a viable candidate for top jobs, given that he has tons of experience as a player and a manager. Roberto di Matteo is surely one of best managers out of a job and it won’t be long before he gets snapped up.
Di Matteo has played in various countries and knows multiple languages, making a possible candidate for clubs in many countries. With clubs firing managers at will, these days, Matteo could be in line for a job very soon, as the Italian will be eager to succeed after the failings in his last two outings.