West Brom defender Nicky Shorey is hoping the arrival of Roy Hodgson will signal a change in fortunes for his career.
The 29-year-old left back has had little chance of impressing in the first team this season, and was disappointed to be dropped under previous boss, Di Matteo.
He told the Birmingham Mail he was keen to impress new boss Hodgson, and hoped to get a second chance.
“No-one came to see me, I went to ask the questions and that was a bit disappointing when you’re a senior pro.
“You’d like someone to talk to you, that’s all you’re asking for.
“It is always disappointing when you’re not playing. I’m not going to go into the ins and outs of it.
“That’s football and it has happened to me before and it might happen again. It’s just nice to get back into the team now. I’ve got a couple of games under my belt and there was a bit of hard work for me on Saturday.
“There is no rhyme nor reason to decisions like that. You’ve just got to get on with it.
“The disappointing thing is that I was playing and was in my rhythm and I felt sharp.
“You can’t get any rhythm and it takes you a while to get back if you’re not playing.”
Shorey was wanted by Nottingham Forest in the transfer window, after spells at Reading and Aston Villa, but Di Matteo kept hold of him and didn’t give him an opportunity,
“Hopefully now I’ll get the opportunity. That’s the second game under my belt and it was a bit of a slog in the end but I’m getting there,” he added.
“But hopefully another couple of games and I’ll be back in my stride again. It’s always disappointing when a manager gets the sack because no-one wants to see that.
“But the lads are looking forward to a new challenge and hopefully he (Hodgson) can come in and give us the help we need.”