Poyet predicts permanent Di Matteo stay

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Former Chelsea midfielder Gus Poyet is confident close friend Roberto Di Matteo will be appointed manager of the club on a full-time basis over the coming months.

The Italian and Uruguayan played alongside each other for four years between 1997 and 2001, enjoying success as part of a Blues squad that won trophies both domestically and in Europe.

Both now find themselves in the management game, with Poyet in charge of Championship outfit Brighton, whilst Di Matteo remains the interim manager at Stamford Bridge.

And, having won both the FA Cup and Champions League last season, the Amex Stadium chief is in no doubt over who should be in charge on the King’s Road next term.

“It was incredible, unique, amazing,” Poyet told GiveMeFootball when reflecting on the win over Bayern Munich in the European Cup final.

“I was already happy that it was Chelsea winning the Champions League, but it’s even better when Roberto Di Matteo is in charge and it happens. Fantastic.

“I think he’ll stay. I’ve got a good feeling. It’s difficult to say and you never know of course. I don’t know Roman Abramovich very well, I must admit, but I do believe he will stay.”

Di Matteo replaced Andre Villas-Boas as manager in west London back in March, replacing the former Porto boss after he spent nine-months in charge of the club.

The ex-West Bromwich Albion boss then guided Chelsea to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League, as well as success in the two major cup competitions.

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