It would appear as if most Blues supporters are set to get their wish this week, with Roberto Di Matteo reportedly set to be handed the permanent position of manager in the next few days.
Having taken over the reins from Andre Villas-Boas back in March, Di Matteo oversaw an incredible transformation of the club which eventually saw them net two trophies. A 2-1 victory over Liverpool in the FA Cup final landed them their first, while an unbelievable penalty shootout triumph over Bayern Munich resulted in the Champions League finally heading to the Stamford Bridge trophy cabinet.
Despite such achievements, there have been question marks hanging over the future of Roberto Di Matteo for a long time. There were some doubts that Roman Abramovich would want to appoint a more high profile manager, after Di Matteo was initially hire just to oversee proceedings until the end of the campaign.
However, it is understood that Abramovich is more than happy to hand the 41-year-old the job on a permanent position and the deal will be completed once minor contractual details have been ironed out this week. With Di Matteo not due to return from a family holiday until the middle of the week, it’s understood that Blues supporters may have to wait until the end of the week before an announcement is made.
The move certainly seems to be the obvious step for the club, with Di Matteo clearly having the support of the whole dressing room. Many of the club’s seasoned professionals have spoken out to back the former West Brom manager, while the very fact that Chelsea have already started recruiting for the forthcoming campaign suggests that Di Matteo may have been consulted throughout this period.
It is understood that Di Matteo will sign a long-term contract with the Blues, although this will include a 12-month break clause in favour of both parties.