21 May 2012

No rush to appoint Di Matteo to Chelsea job permanently

8:18 am on 21 May 2012

The billionaire Russian owner of the new Champions League football winners Chelsea isn't commenting on the future of his stand-in manager.

But Roman Abramovich and his advisors are well aware the fans want only one man to be named as the full-time manager for next season, and that's Roberto Di Matteo, after the Italian steered Chelsea to yesterday's dramatic first European Cup triumph over Bayern Munich on penalties.

West London came to a standstill as tens of thousands of Chelsea fans gave their team a hero's welcome home, but Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay says the owner and the board won't be rushed into appointing the next permanent manager.

Di Matteo's record since taking over in Februrary on an interim basis includes the FA Cup as well as the Champions League trophy.