Poll backs Di Matteo
Roberto Di Matteo should be named Chelsea's next manager, according to 65 per cent of our readers.
By Reid Dawson
Last Updated: 29/03/12 4:16pm
Roberto Di Matteo should be named Chelsea's permanent manager, according to 65 per cent of skysports.com readers.
Over 3,000 people voted in favour of interim boss Di Matteo being handed the reins on a permanent basis after a promising start at the helm.
The former Blues midfielder, who made 119 appearances for the club, is 5/1 with online bookmaker Sky Bet to be in charge at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the 2012/2013 season.
The 41-year-old has won five of the seven games he has been in charge and oversaw a brilliant turnaround against Napoli in the UEFA Champions League.
Di Matteo could enhance his chances of getting the job full-time if his side were to clinch the FA Cup. The Blues face Tottenham in the semi-finals at Wembley with a final spot up for grabs against Merseyside rivals Liverpool or Everton.
However, in the Premier League, the west London side are five points behind fourth-placed Spurs in the race for a UEFA Champions League spot and still face tough trips to Arsenal and Liverpool.
If Di Matteo were to see his side claw back the points and secure fourth place it would be seen as a fantastic achievement for the Italian, who stepped up from assistant manager when Andre Villas-Boas was sacked earlier this month.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is still favourite to return to Stamford Bridge at 7/4 after winning two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and League Cup in his previous spell with the club.
The self-styled 'Special One', however, has left the door open for a sensational return to Inter Milan after admitting he could manage them again in the future although he is considered the 33/1 outsider for the post at Giuseppe Meazza.
Other names in the hat for the job at Stamford Bridge include current France manager Laurent Blanc (6/1), former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez (9/1) and Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola who is available at 6/1.