Chelsea poised to appoint Di Matteo

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Chelsea are set to announce the permanent appointment of manager Roberto Di Matteo this week, according to wide-ranging reports today.

The former Italian international was one of the leading candidates for the role, having taken over on a temporary basis in March following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas and leading the club to FA Cup and Champions League glory.

Despite the remarkable double for the Blues, the 41-year-old was not guaranteed to get the position on a full-time basis, with Russian owner Roman Abramovich eager to interview a number of prospective applicants.

But, after a weekend of discussions with high-profile Chelsea officials, it appears a decision has been made to go with the former West Bromwich Albion manager for the start of the 2012/13 season.

Di Matteo, who spent six-years at Stamford Bridge as a player, returns from a family holiday on Wednesday, and an announcement is expected to be made in the capital at some stage after that.

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