Di Matteo to get Chelsea nod after Guardiola chase fails

Roberto Di Matteo is to be offered the chance to manage Chelsea full-time after the club’s pursuit of former Barcelona Coach Pep Guardiola ended unsuccessfully, the Daily Mail has reported.

It is however not certain that Di Matteo would take the position, as the Mail warns he has concerns over the possibility of being booted out of the role in a year’s time if Guardiola decides he is ready to return to football from his sabbatical. Di Matteo is also said to have other managerial options, including in Italy.

Di Matteo replaced Andre Villas-Boas in March, having been the Portuguese’s assistant manager, and led Chelsea to victory in both the FA Cup and the Champions League. The Mail adds that Chelsea’s players are keen for Di Matteo to be rewarded for his success with the permanent manager’s position, while the club’s owner Roman Abramovich has come to view the former midfielder as a serious contender to replace Villas-Boas.

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