Di Matteo 'in mix' for Chelsea job

Sun, 20 May 14:08:59 2012

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck has admitted Roberto Di Matteo will come "under serious consideration" when the Blues hierarchy sit down to discuss what to do about their vacant managerial position.

Di Matteo only took over on an interim basis following the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas in February. Although Chelsea missed out on a coveted top-four place, they defeated Liverpool in the FA Cup final earlier this month and on Saturday night enjoyed the greatest night in their history when they beat Bayern Munich on penalties in the Champions League final.

"Robbie has done an amazing job," Buck told Sky Sports News. "He has enabled the players to get back the confidence they used to have. He's really got them performing. Roberto is certainly in the mix, he's done a great job and has to have serious consideration."

Buck confirmed Di Matteo will learn his fate "sooner rather than later", knowing Chelsea must move on the manager's position before they can establish summer transfer targets.

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay also hailed the "phenomenal turnaround" effected by Di Matteo but stopped short of pledging the job to him on a permanent basis.

Di Matteo's transformation of the club since succeeding Andre Villas-Boas was completed on when the Blues beat Bayern on penalties to win the Champions League for the first time in their history.

Gourlay told Sky Sports News: "We've seen a phenomenal change and a run of results which finished last night with winning the Champions League. There's a number of things we've got to look at and we'll review where we are and take it from there, but it's a phenomenal turnaround really."

Didier Drogba, who scored Chelsea's 88th-minute equaliser to set up extra time before netting the match-winning penalty , is another with an uncertain future.

The club have been reluctant to offer the Ivory Coast striker the two-year contract he reportedly craves, but Buck said they will step up talks imminently with the 34-year-old, who also netted the ultimately decisive second goal in the FA Cup final win over Liverpool.

"Didier is a big-match player and he did it once again," he said of a man who has now scored nine goals in nine tournament finals for Chelsea. "I think Ron Gourlay is going to sit down with his agent this week and we'll see where it goes. We have to do what's best for Chelsea Football Club and Didier has to do what's best for him, we'll just see how the discussions go."


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