Chelsea’s players have lined up to declare Roberto Di Matteo should be appointed manager on a full-time basis after he led them to an astonishing Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich.
The Italian has transformed the club since succeeding Andre Villas-Boas on a temporary basis in March and was rewarded with the first European Cup in the club’s 107-year history.
The players left no doubt that Di Matteo should take the lion’s share of the credit after rescuing a season that appeared destined for disaster and instead turning it into the greatest in the club’s history.
“I think Roberto has done enough to get the job so let’s see,” said the goalkeeper, Petr Cech.
“Everybody wrote us off against Barcelona, everybody said we have no chance against Bayern. So, we kept proving everybody wrong.”
And Gary Cahill, who spent the first half of the season at Bolton before moving to Stamford Bridge, fully backed Di Matteo, who was Villas-Boas’ assistant before being promoted.
“He has really flipped the season on its’ head since I came here,” he said. “The results show that he has done a fantastic job. Whether he gets the job full time or not who knows, but he will always be a massive part of this club. Do I want him to get the job full-time? Well I don’t see anything wrong at the minute, that’s for sure.”
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