Di Matteo aware of pressure
Roberto Di Matteo is all too aware he will be judged on results this season regardless of his achievements in the previous campaign.
Last Updated: 04/07/12 4:09pm
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo admits he is all too aware he will be judged on results this season regardless of his achievements in the previous campaign.
The Italian is preparing for his first season in full charge of the Stamford Bridge club since his appointment last month.
The former Blues midfielder had been in interim charge since February, replacing the sacked Andre Villas-Boas.
The 42-year-old led Chelsea to the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League but still his position as manager was not certain.
Former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola was heavily linked with the role before Di Matteo's eventual appointment three weeks ago.
The West Brom boss accepts that such speculation is part of the job and something he is now used to.
He also understands that when the new season kicks off he will be judged on those results, rather than his achievements last May.
"I am very happy to be here," said the 42-year-old.
"I was going to respect and accept any decision [from the board] but I am looking forward now to working with this group of players and hopefully bringing further success.
"The pressure will always be there. There has been speculation from day one and I have lived with it from day one.
"I have lived with it and I focus on my job and everyone else can say and write what they want.
"I have been in football all my life. I clearly know that managers are judged by results, as simple as that. It's no different for me than anybody else.
"The end of the season was remarkable and the team was outstanding in achieving those targets, but that is the past - now we look to the future and we have to start again.
"We have to try and get running from the start and be competitive in all the competitions we are involved in.
"With Chelsea you are always looking to compete and be in the frame to win something at the end of the season, that will be the key.
"The priority is to challenge."