Di Matteo to be named Chelsea manager

Roberto Di Matteo will soon be named Chelsea’s next permanent manager after the club’s owner, Roman Abramovich, consented to appointing the FA Cup and Champions League winner on a full-time basis, the Guardian has reported.

Di Matteo was appointed interim manager in March when Andre Villas-Boas was sacked. Having previously been Villas-Boas’ assistant Di Matteo was installed as caretaker but oversaw a change in the side’s fortunes, and eventually guaranteed Champions League football for next season by winning the competition outright after a penalty shootout against Bayer Munich, having finished sixth in the Premier League table but lost only three of his 21 matches in charge.

The Guardian confirm that Abramovich originally wanted to appoint former Barcelona Coach Pep Guardiola, who resigned from the Nou Camp at the end of the season, but the Spaniard is intent on taking a sabbatical from football. That left Di Matteo as the owner’s choice, with a one-year contract likely to be agreed, as well as an option for a second year.

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