It appears that Chelsea are finally going to do the right thing and make Roberto Di Matteo their manager after failing to persuade Pep Guardiola to move to Stamford Bridge.
The big issue with Di Matteo is how long his contract is. There are still rumors that Chelsea will go after Guardiola again next summer, and is that is the case, would Di Matteo really want to take the job under those circumstances, especially after winning the Champions League and FA Cup double last month?
The Chelsea players want Di Matteo back and they reportedly told Abramovich as much in Munich after lifting the European Cup.
But Abramovich not only wants to win trophies, he wants to win trophies playing with style and panache. Chelsea under Di Matteo were pragmatic last season, especially in the Champions League where they won with a very defensive set-up.
But the Chelsea side next season will be very different than the one that Di Matteo lead to glory. The signings of Eden Hazard and Marko Marin and the departure of Didier Drogba suggest that Chelsea will play a more attacking style of football next season purely on the basis of the players that Abramovich has signed.
And if that is the case, then why not let Di Matteo have the job and see what he can do with these players. I think that Abramovich will be pleasantly surprised at the style and panache that Chelsea will play next season under Di Matteo.
So give him the job Roman. He deserves it!!
Speaking last month, Brighton boss Gus Poyet urged Abramovich to hand over the permanent reins to his good Di Matteo.
“It would be common sense that he will stay,’ said the former Chelsea favourite, who played alongside Di Matteo at Stamford Bridge.
“I call him ‘one of us’, one of our generation – with so many managers.
“Mark Hughes, Gianluca Vialli, Ruud Gullit, Robbie Di Matteo, Dennis Wise, Dan Petrescu, myself, Didier Deschamps – there are so many – ‘Chappy’ (Albert) Ferrer.
“Why not one of us? Why should it be somebody else all the time?
“I’m not saying that we didn’t have good managers at Chelsea. I mean, (Jose) Mourinho was different class.
“But give us a chance.”