Chelsea legend: It would be stupid to not offer Di Matteo at least another year

14:46 11 June 2012

Chelsea interim manager Roberto Di Matteo is thrown in the air as Chelsea celebrate victory in the FA Cup, after the final whistle

Chelsea interim manager Roberto Di Matteo is thrown in the air as Chelsea celebrate victory in the FA Cup, after the final whistle

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Frank Leboeuf has thrown his backing behind Roberto Di Matteo

Chelsea legend Frank Leboeuf believes that Roberto Di Matteo is the obvious choice to take permanent charge at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian, who during his spell as interim head coach won the FA Cup and Champions League, is rumoured to be set to put pen-to-paper on a one year deal and his former Blues team-mate believes it would be stupid not to offer him a deal.

“He proved in four months that he had knowledge about football and what he did was absolutely fantastic. He used the strengths Chelsea had,” Leboeuf said on TalkSPORT.

“He knew how to cope with the situation with senior players, he put a very good atmosphere into the dressing room, and he won two titles.

“They would have been stupid not to offer him at least a year.

“We will see what will happen afterwards, because we know [former Barcelona manager] [Pep] Guardiola is back next year and maybe that is what [owner] [Roman] Abramovich has in mind, but at least Roberto would have another year to prove he is a good coach.”

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