Di Matteo resigned to Chelsea axe

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Roberto di Matteo reportedly expects to miss out on the full-time Chelsea manager's job, even if he leads the Blues to glory in Munich on May 19.

The Italian has worked wonders since taking the role on an interim basis following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas in March - winning the FA Cup and taking Chelsea to the final of the Champions League.

Di Matteo is the favoured choice of both the players and the fans to take the position permanently, but the former Chelsea midfielder is fearing the axe from the club's owner Roman Abramovich.

The Stamford Bridge hero believes Abramovich will appoint a high-profile manager during the summer, even if Chelsea win the Champions League for the first time in their history.

“Robbie is determined to go for glory against Bayern, even though he’s resigned to leaving regardless of what happens in Munich," a Chelsea source told The Sun.

"He has tried to talk to the club’s hierarchy about pre-season training for next season and been given very short shrift.

“That convinced him he really is just an ‘interim’ manager, filling the post until a full-time appointment can be made.

“He’s hugely disappointed after the miracles he has worked here since taking over from Andre Villas-Boas in March."

Chelsea have been linked with France manager Laurent Blanc and former England boss Fabio Capello as potential long-term replacements for Villas-Boas.

Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola had reportedly been outlined as Abramovich's No.1 target, but has no interest in taking another role after he leaves the Nou Camp at the end of the season.

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