After the Champions League final Chief Excutive at Chelsea Ron Gourlay said that they would review all options about the appointment of a new manager.
As reported in the Mail in April 2012, Roman Abramovich will present his new manager with a list of potential star signings and tell him to take his pick. And Chelsea's billionaire Russian owner has pinpointed four key roles, a centre forward, two full backs and an attacking midfielder as the priorities for a summer spending spree. Abramovich has used his scouting staff on a six-month project to build up detailed dossiers so that the next boss at Stamford Bridge can hit the ground running.
Sounds now very much like the man he had in mind to become his new manager has turned him down and Chelsea are now expected to confirm the permanent appointment of Roberto Di Matteo as manager this week on a proposed 12 month roll over contract.
Matteo's representatives are believed to have spent the weekend in talks with Chelsea bosses and the Italian has been assured he is the man Abramovich wants.
It is understood Di Matteo has agreed to accept the position in principle subject to contract
Di Matteo was appointed interim coach following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas in March and secured the Champions League win over Bayern Munich and won the FA Cup.
De Matteo surely has earned the chance to become permanent manager of the Blues.