Chelsea Set To Name Roberto Di Matteo As Manager

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 11 June 2012, 10:09

Chelsea are this week finally set to announce Roberto Di Matteo as their new permanent manager. Since the end of the season the Italian has suffered an agonising wait is now at long last expected to be officially named as Andre Villas Boas’ successor at Stamford Bridge. The 42-year-old has been the odds-on favourite for the vacancy ever since he rejuvenated Chelsea’s season but faced an anxious wait as club owner Roman Abramovich had reportedly been keen on attracting Pep Guardiola to the club. However, bookmakers’ have now closed the Next Chelsea Manager Market and it is now a case of crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s.

Di Matteo played a key role in transforming Chelsea’s season after he was installed as caretaker manager in March, following the sacking of Villas Boas. He was placed in charge at a time when Chelsea were suffering badly, making his achievements all the more remarkable. The Blues had just been outclassed by Napoli in the Champions League, their future in the FA Cup hung in the balance and their league form was getting worse by the game. However, undeterred by this Di Matteo had a stunning impact, rejuvenating the team’s fortunes by restoring confidence, desire and determination in his players.

Di Matteo went on to lead Chelsea to a stunning double, winning the FA Cup against Liverpool and then upsetting Bayern Munich on home turf in the Champions League Final, which as everybody knows, is the trophy Abramovich craved above all others. It also ensured that Chelsea booked their place in next season’s competition, which otherwise not have been achievable due to their 6th-placed league finish. As a result they can continue to attract the biggest players to the club, and have so far bolstered their squad by snapping up Marko Marin and Eden Hazzard, with Porto’s Hulk also on their radar.

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