Roberto Di Matteo Looking To Prove Himself At Chelseaby Jack Kitson / 07 March 2012, 10:17Tweet
Interim Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo got off to a winning start following his side’s 2-0 win away to Birmingham City in their FA Cup fifth round replay. From now until the end of the season the former West Brom and MK Dons manager has an excellent chance to stake his claim and prove his managerial credentials to owner Roman Abramovich. If he can propel Chelsea into fourth spot and lead them to their fourth FA Cup in six years then he will cement his place as one of the key candidates for the job.
Di Matteo has stated that the priority is finishing in fourth place in order to ensure a Champions League qualification spot for next season. Chelsea have 11 league fixtures remaining, including crunch clashes against Man City, Tottenham, Newcastle, Arsenal and Liverpool. Di Matteo will boost his odds of landing the job if he can achieve this goal, with Chelsea priced at 13/8 with Stan James to finish in the top four. The Italian will also be looking to conjure up a comeback against Napoli in their Champions League second-leg next Wednesday. Chelsea trail the Serie A side 3-1 but will no doubt draw inspiration from Arsenal’s incredible second-leg performance against AC Milan.
Jose Mourinho remains the favourite in the Next Chelsea Manager Betting and he also appears to be the popular choice judging by the Chelsea fans vocal displays of adoration for their former manager during Tuesday night's win against Birmingham. One manager to throw his hat in the ring is former boss Glenn Hoddle, who is eager to carry on the work he started over 15 years ago. Meanwhile Brendan Rodgers and Harry Redknapp have ruled themselves out of a job in which former Chelsea boss Felipe Scolari recently described as “hell”.