Hitchcock hails triumphant Chelsea

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Kevin Hitchcock sung the praises of his former club after last weekend’s Champions League final victory against Bayern Munich on penalties.

The goalkeeper racked up 96 league appearances for the Blues between 1988 and 2001, and also spent time with Nottingham Forest, Mansfield Town and Watford during a 21-year professional career.

With connections still at Stamford Bridge, the 49-year-old admitted he was delighted on a personal level for his friends, as well as the long-suffering supporters after Saturday’s 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena and subsequent shoot-out win.

“It’s an unbelievable achievement and I’m absolutely delighted for everyone at the club. I’ve got good friends there with Robbie (Di Matteo) and Eddie (Newton), so it’s great for them,” he exclusively told GiveMeFootball.

“The captain as well, and all the playing staff really. I’ve got a lot of close connections there and this is a massive moment for them personally as well as the club.”

On the managerial situation in west London, Hitchcock feels Di Matteo has done everything he possibly can to earn the position on a permanent basis.

However, he’s well aware that owner Roman Abramovich may have his own plans in place, and that the Russian billionaire could look elsewhere in the coming summer months.

Di Matteo took over from Andre Villas-Boas in March, guided to the club to two successes in cup competitions and a sixth-place finish in the Premier League.

“It makes sense (to appoint Di Matteo), because he’s done a fantastic job, winning both the FA Cup and Champions League in the same season,” he continued.

“He really couldn’t have done much more, but it is up to the owner and whatever decision he wants to make.”

The QPR goalkeeping coach was speaking at Wentworth during the Pro-Am ahead of the BMW PGA Championship, which starts today (Thursday) and ends on Sunday.

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