Di Matteo's Chelsea future in limbo

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Chelsea's interim manager Roberto Di Matteo remains unsure over his immediate future at Stamford Bridge, according to The Express.

The Italian boss has won seven of his nine games in temporary charge of The Blues, including helping the club reach the Champions League quarter-finals where they hold a 1-0 lead over Benfica going into Wednesday's second leg at Stamford Bridge.

However, Di Matteo's limited experience makes him an outsider for position, but with less than two months of the season remaining, the 41-year-old is still uncertain where he stands.

The former Blue, who won five major honours during his six-year tenure in west London as a player, has the opportunity to enhance his hopes of becoming the permanent replacement for Andre Villas-Boas on three fronts during the twilight of the season.

Di Matteo's side are still in the hunt for Champions league qualification, a race in which they trail Tottenham Hotspur by five points in the Premier League.

In addition to their hopes of winning Europe's premier club competition, a campaign which resumes this week, Chelsea face Spurs at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final on April 15.

Success on either front would give owner Roman Abramovich, who has been linked with lining up France boss Laurent Blanc or ex-Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez as a long-term successor to Villas-Boas, a difficult decision to make heading into the new season.

The Russian has often been criticised for demanding instant success, and following his crude sacking of 34-year-old Villas-Boas is more likely to hire an established manager to improve the team's chances of winning the trophy that has so far eluded him during his nine-year Chelsea tenure; the Champions League.

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