Roberto Di Matteo is ready to reject a one-year contract offer from Chelsea to become their manager, as he wants a long-term deal according to The Sun.
The Italian trainer took over from the axed Andre Villas Boas and transformed the west London club’s fortunes in a couple of months, winning the FA Cup and the Champions League in a historic end of season run.
However, despite Di Matteo’s heroics as interim boss, rumours have continued that Roman Abramovich wants a more experienced man to drive the club forward next season.
The report indicates that Di Matteo will be offered a 12 month deal, but that he is fed up of continually having to prove his ability and will look for opportunities elsewhere.
Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay has admitted that he wants the managerial position filled as soon as possible, and that Di Matteo is firmly in the running.
“We know Robbie could go somewhere else,” he confessed.
“But he’s known how we were going to handle this. He’s aware as soon as we’re ready to talk, in the next few days or the next few weeks, Robbie will be the first to have the conversation.
“The players report back on July 4. In an ideal world we’d want the coach by then.”
By Gareth McKnight