Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay has revealed that Chelsea plan to appoint a full-time manager in the next month.
Most Chelsea players not invlolved in Euro 2012 are due to report back to the club around July 5 ahead of a summer tour to America, and Gourlay believes the Blues next full-time manager will be in place before then.
"Any time over the next couple of weeks and certainly by the time we go on tour," he said.
"The players report back on July 4th or 5th and in an ideal world you want the coach in position by then."
Roberto di Matteo is by no means certain of securing the role despite guiding Chelsea to two trophies this season after taking over in March from Andre Villas-Boas.
The Italian coach rounded off a seemingly perfect application by overseeing Chelsea’s first ever Champions League success on Saturday, with the Blues securing the trophy in the Allianz Arena after a dramatic penalty shoot-out against Bayern Munich.
While Gourlay did not confirm that Di Matteo was a front-runner for the job after Saturday’s game, he did admit that the former Blues midfielder time in charge will force them to think twice before looking elsewhere.
"It certainly would have made the discussions a bit different," he said. "The fact that he has the Champions League on his CV helps him enormously.
"I know there has been speculation in the press and media about conversations with 'XYZ'. That has not been the case.
"We will sit down as a board of directors with our owner as quickly as we can and take our decision from there.
"We are going through that process now and then we'll sit down ... it's only been a couple of days (since the season ended)."
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