Roberto di Matteo has surely seen his chances of being named the next permanent Chelsea manager significantly enhanced after both Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic gave their public backing to the interim coach.
The Italian was initially appointed just until the end of the season, following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas in early March after only eight months in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Unlike his former colleague, however, Di Matteo has managed to get the best out of the squad of players at his disposal, and has masterminded the qualification for both the finals of the FA Cup and Champions League.
Reports on Tuesday claimed the former Blues midfielder is now the leading candidate to permanently succeed Villas-Boas, and the players appear to believe he is the ideal man for the job.
“The club will sit down in the summer with him, but I can’t speak highly enough of what he’s done,” Lampard told The Times.
“It’s a hard call for me to make because it’s a club decision. He’s created a good atmosphere, he’s got players playing, the camp is very happy and you can see that in the results.”
Ivanovic, meanwhile, has praised Di Matteo for the personal touch he has taken with the Chelsea squad, and does not believe that next month's Champions League final will be his final game at the helm.
“Nobody thinks Munich will be his last game,” added the Serbian.
“We’ll wait until the end. At the moment everybody is happy with Robbie and he has done a great job. He changed everything. He changed our minds and he gave us support and trust.”
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