Redknapp: Di Matteo deserves job

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Former England international midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes interim Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo should be handed the job on a permanent basis.

The Italian achieved an incredible cup double at Stamford Bridge after taking over from Andre Villas-Boas in March, leading the Blues to FA Cup success at Wembley and then Champions League glory at the Allianz Arena.

However, the 41-year-old isn’t guaranteed the position as owner Roman Abramovich considers his options, and Redknapp admits you never can tell when it comes to decisions at Chelsea.

“Listen, it would make sense (to appoint Di Matteo), but we’re talking about Chelsea here and you never know what they are going to do,” he exclusively told GiveMeFootball.

“He’s had a great season and deserves to take the job, but unfortunately it doesn’t work like that in football sometimes."

An ex-Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Redknapp now works as a pundit for Sky Sports, and was in Germany to watch Chelsea stun Bayern Munich to pull off another European shock.

It was a result that ‘almost defied belief’ in the eyes of the 38-year-old, but the son of current Spurs boss Harry Redknapp feels it’s unfair to say the Blues shouldn’t have won after their efforts in the last four as well as the final.

“Amazing result. It almost defied belief at times, but they’ve been so resilient this year, and I suppose it’s hard to say they didn’t deserve it,” he added.

“They played Barcelona – 2-0 down – and they’ve put in an incredible amount of work there, so fair play to them.”

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