Roberto Di Matteo will be handed the Chelsea job full-time should he deliver the Champions League trophy to Stamford Bridge when they face Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena tomorrow night a SqueakyBumTime.
The Italian, who has been at the reins since Andre Villas-Boas’ dismissal in March, put himself in the frame after steering the Blues to a famous semi-final victory against Barcelona last month.
Owner Roman Abramovich has been impressed by the way the 41-year-old has picked up the pieces from Villas-Boas and navigated the club out of rough tides and into calmer waters with 13 wins from 20 games in charge.
The Russian oligarch has craved Champions League glory ever since arriving on Kings Road in 2003 and his prepared to make Di Matteo his seventh permanent boss in nine-years should he triumph over Bayern on their own turf.
Jupp Heynckes praised his Chelsea counterpart for picking the club up during a difficult period and sees no reason why the former midfielder shouldn’t be given the job.
He told the Daily Mail: “We must not forget that he has brought Chelsea all the way to the final with a very calm attitude. It seems he’s a very cool person who’s very much in control.
“Step by step, he’s improved contact with the players and created harmony. That harmony can be felt. He’s done a marvellous job and I can’t see why whether he wins tomorrow or not would have consequences. You need continuity.
“I don’t think there’s any argument against him continuing.”
“He makes an excellent impression on me and, if I was Abramovich, I would continue with this young man.”
Di Matteo also guided the West London club to an FA Cup success beating Liverpool in the final at Wembley a fortnight ago and landing Europe’s biggest prize will see him remain in charge next season.