Thursday, 3 July 2008


Roberto Di Matteo the scorer of the fastest FA Cup Final goal (43 seconds) has taken over as manager at newly promoted MK Dons.

Roberto takes his first managerial job, without any experience BUT with the qualifications, from Paul Ince who has gone to Blackburn Rovers and who has been given dispensation by the Premier League to obtain his qualifications within two years.

When Robbie scored that famous goal at Wembley I was at work that day but I was lucky to catch it live on the telly. I was lucky however to see Robbie score one of his first goals for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, ironically against Middlesbrough.

Against St Gallen of Switzerland in the UEFA, Robbie wasn't so lucky. He leg was so badly injured in a non-descript tackle that he was forced to retire from professional football some two years later.

In between then and now, Robbie has been busying himself with media work - Chelsea TV, Sky and the like, plus studying hard for his football qualifications and his hard work has paid off.

MK Dons owner Pete Winkelman saw something in Robbie and has taken him on in front of 40 or so more experienced candidates than himself.

Winkelman brought Ince to MK Dons from the northern outpost of Macclesfield and look what a job Ince had acheived at Moss Rose before he left.

Ince has left a legacy at MK Stadium. Johnstone Paint Cup Winners and League Two Champions in his first and only season.

Robbie you have a lot to live up to...... but you ARE qualified!!!

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