John Terry gives backing to Di Matteo

Chelsea skipper John Terry has stated that he feels Roberto Di Matteo should get the manager’s job on a permanent basis, and the players can make the board’s decision easy by winning the Champions League.

The Italian took over on an interim basis after Andre Villas Boas’ dismissal, and has led the west London club to FA Cup glory and the Champions League final.

Terry has praised the impact of the new coach, and would welcome Di Matteo taking over on a permanent basis.

“It’s a decision the board are going to make and hopefully with this win we can go on and achieve greatness in this club,” he told reporters, published by Sky Sports.

“We can make it very easy for the board because he’s been exceptional. I think this win can help us win the Champions League with the momentum it gives us.”

The England international went on to admit that he hopes Didier Drogba also stays with the club.

The Ivorian striker is out of contract with the Stamford Bridge club in the summer, but Terry feels that Drogba still has a role to play.

“It will be such a shame because he’s been incredible for this club.

“Throughout the world, when people look at Chelsea, they think of Didier and Lamps and these kind of players. They are Chelsea.

“Did loves the club. We’ve got a massive Champions League game in a couple of weeks and, after that, hopefully something can be thrashed out and he stays,” the defender stated.

By Gareth McKnight