World Football: Roberto Di Matteo Is Favorite for Vacated Championship Job

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistDecember 27, 2012

TURIN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 20:  Head coach Roberto Di Matteo of Chelsea FC during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Juventus and Chelsea FC at Juventus Arena on November 20, 2012 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Just over a month after being sacked by Chelsea, Roberto di Matteo's name is in the news again. 

Di Matteo has emerged as the favorite to take over the managerial position at Championship club, Nottingham Forest.

The owners at Forest are almost as ruthless as Chelsea's Roman Abramovich, as they sacked Sean O'Driscoll following the club's 4-2 Boxing Day win over Leeds United. 

The win over Leeds put the club just one point away from the promotion playoff places, but that performance was not good enough for the Kuwaiti owners who sacked O'Driscoll after the match. 

Now, the owners of the Championship club are looking for a manager that has previously managed in the Premier League. 

According to The Telegraph, the two candidates that have emerged overnight as favorites are di Matteo and former Sunderland boss Roy Keane. 

Forest are looking for a manager to bring them to the EPL for their first top season since they finished dead last in 1998-99 and were consequently relegated. 

In his brief stint at Stamford Bridge, di Matteo won the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League before being let go in November after a poor string of results that ended with a 3-0 defeat to Juventus in the group stage of the Champions League. 

Di Matteo does have experience in bringing a club into the EPL from the Championship, having led West Bromwich Albion to promotion during the 2009-10 campaign. 

Keane's connection to Forest is a bit more personal, as the former Manchester United captain played at the club before his move to Old Trafford in 1993. 

Keane has also guided a club to promotion in his managerial career, as he led Sunderland to the 2006-07 Championship title. 

The Irishman has been out of a job since he was sacked by Ipswich Town in January 2011. 

The owners of Forest look to be very serious about winning promotion to the EPL this season and bringing in either of these experienced managers could help them achieve their goal. 

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