June 19 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Bruce Buck confirmed that the club will work quickly to decide who takes charge of Chelsea next season
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck has revealed that the Blues will appoint their new manager before their pre-season tour of the United States.
The Blues have been looking for a new boss since sacking Andre Villas-Boas on March 5 but, under the guidance of interim head coach Roberto Di Matteo, lifted the Champions League trophy for the first time.
“It will be sooner rather than later because we really need to get the new manager on board before we can start talking about players,” Buck told Sky Sports News.
“We want to do what’s best for Chelsea. We hope to do it relatively promptly but if it drags on a little bit longer than we expect in order to do the right thing for Chelsea then we will.”
When asked if an appointment would be made before the pre-season tour to the United States, Buck replied: “Surely.”
The chairman also hailed the impact Di Matteo has had at Stamford Bridge.
“He’s done an amazing job Robbie,” Buck added. “He’s enabled these players to get back the confidence they used to have, which they need to perform.
“He’s really got the players to perform and we’re really proud of him.”
Regarding the managerial situation, Buck added: “We’ve put that aside for the last six, eight weeks to concentrate on Barcelona, the FA Cup, Bayern Munich.
“In the next few weeks we will have to sit down and figure that out and do what’s best for Chelsea, and we will.
“Robbie is certainly in the mix. He’s done a great job for us and he has to have serious consideration.