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If Chelsea are to attract a top manager such as Guardiola, they will most likely need to be able to offer Champions League football and to do that they must win the competition this season. The list of Chelsea managers over the last few years features the names of some of the best coaches in world football. If Chelsea win the tournament and still don't give Di Matteo a chance in the hot seat, they may soon find that the high turnover of great managers has put many potential candidates off.
Chelsea have been rejuvenated under the popular Di Matteo. The results and performances have been reminiscent of the Chelsea of four years ago. The players who where thought of as ageing stars who where past their best under previous manager Andre Villas Boas have rolled back the years to produce some excellent displays. Particularly Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard,Tracy Porter Jersey. Who have both been instrumental in Chelsea's march to the Champions League final and FA Cup triumph. Even fifty million pound misfit Fernando Torres has shown flickers of the talent which persuaded Chelsea to part with a massive transfer fee for his services.
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Di Matteo is currently in charge of team affairs until the end of the season on a caretaker basis,Brandon Saine Jersey. He insists that “The Boss”, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich,Dwight Freeney Colts Jersey, will make the decision at the end of the season. "The boss will make the decision he feels is best for the club and we will respect that."
On the face of it Di Matteo seems to be in a strong position to secure his job on a permanent basis. It is no secret that Abramovich prizes the Champions League title above all else,Dustin Keller Jersey. Europe’s greatest prize has alluded Chelsea throughout his tenure as owner, despite several near misses. Di Matteo has booked a place in the final in Munich against all the odds. Abramovich has shown in the past that he is willing to sack a manager for failing to deliver the Champions League. Avram Grant came closest, losing 6-5 on penalties in the final and was sacked soon after.
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Chelsea where clinical and hard-working as they beat Barcelona on aggregate,Greg Jennings Youth Jersey, the team lauded as the greatest in world were dumped out of the competition on their own pitch by a Chelsea team with one less man. The Chelsea players clearly like and respect their manager and will perform for him in a manner that has not been seen since Jose Mourinho was their boss.
Roberto Di Matteo is still in a state of limbo despite Chelsea's excellent FA Cup win this weekend. Just moments after celebrating his first piece of major silverware as a manager, Di Matteo was stony faced in the post match press conference, betraying no emotion as reporters pushed him on his future.
Despite Di Matteo's impressive few months in charge, rumours still persist that at the end of the season, Chelsea will attempt to persuade outgoing Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola that his future lies at Stamford Bridge.