Next Chelsea boss still unknown as Di Matteo is forced to wait

The identity of the next permanent Chelsea manager is still unknown after one of the club’s most senior figures refused to be drawn on whether or not Roberto Di Matteo’s success since replacing Andre Villas-Boas was enough to make him the leading candidate, the Daily Mail has reported.

Chief Executive Ron Gourlay praised Di Matteo’s work since assuming the temporary position in March but declined to publicly support him for the job, insisting that the original schedule – where Di Matteo takes caretaker control and a decision on a full-time boss is held off until the season’s end – was still being adhered to by the Chelsea hierarchy.

Gourlay said: “We are going to wait until the end of the season. Robbie has done a fantastic job but we will stick to our view,” adding: “We said we’d review things at the end of the season and that’s the position we’re still in.

Di Matteo was assistant manager under Villas-Boas but when the Portuguese was sacked after a 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion in early March, Di Matteo was appointed the interim manager. Since then Chelsea have won 10 of their 15 games, losing only to Manchester City, as well as knocking out Barcelona to reach the Champions League final with a 2-2 draw in the Nou Camp after a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.

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