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Terry: We want Di Matteo

John Terry hopes victory against Liverpool in Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley will further reinforce Roberto di Matteo's chances of being awarded the Chelsea job on a permanent basis.

Di Matteo was named as the club's interim manager following the departure of Andre Villas-Boas in early March, and has led the Blues to the finals of both the FA Cup and Champions League.

Both Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic gave their public backing to the former Chelsea midfielder following their famous victory over Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final, and now Terry has done the same.

The Chelsea captain has been impressed by the way Di Matteo has galvanised a squad which appeared divided under Villas-Boas, and believes the Italian would be deserving of the job on a full-time basis.

Di Matteo has, arguably, already done enough to warrant the position, and Terry expects an FA Cup triumph will only further aid is bid.

"It would do him no harm at all," Terry told Sky Sports when asked if winning at Wembley would help Di Matteo's cause.

"He's obviously done very well in the league and all competitions to get us where we are today.

"To win it (the cup) will put himself in a very good position.

"He's not thinking of that at the moment, he's not letting the players get distracted by anything.

"He's very passionate, he's Chelsea through and through, and that's certainly rubbed off on the players.

"So, if we can do it with the added bonus that Robbie can get the job at the end, that'd be great."

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