Chelsea delay naming permanent manager

Chelsea have confirmed that they will wait until the summer before revealing a decision in terms of their next permanent manager.

After the dismissal of Andre Villas Boas, the Blues have seen an upturn in form under interim boss Roberto Di Matteo, which has included qualification to the Champions League and FA Cup finals.

Despite the Italian emerging as a serious contender to fill the role on a long-term basis, chief executive Ron Gourlay has admitted that nothing will decided until after the season finishes.

“We appointed Robbie until the end of the season and he has done a fantastic job,” the Stamford Bridge supremo told Sky Sports.

“But we will stick to our word and wait until the end of the season.

“We will take one game at a time and see where we are. We think that is the best thing for everyone and we should focus on getting the results that this football team needs.

“We need to wait because we have got a number of big games before we get to the Champions League final,” he continued.

Chelsea have been criticised slightly for negative tactics under Di Matteo, but Gourlay has hit back at the critics and is happy with the progress made this term.

“I have been at the club for eight years and that game was the biggest night ever since I have been here.

“People are entitled to their opinion. Robbie set his team out to beat Barcelona over two games and we are the ones in the final.

“We were very disciplined, defended extremely well and rode our luck at times. If you look at the previous winners of the Champions League they have all had a bit of luck in this competition and I will take as much luck that comes our way.

“As far as I am concerned we found a way to beat Barcelona when we were down to ten men for nearly an hour and two goals down so I am surprised that people have chosen to criticise the way that we did it,” he finished.

By Gareth McKnight