Following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, former Chelsea midfielder Roberto Di Matteo has been given a 45 minute rolling contract by the club’s owner, Roman Abramovich, with the option to extend to a full 90 minutes if they are winning at half time.
Abramovich has handed Di Matteo the task of winning the FA Cup for Chelsea in their 5th round replay against Birmingham tomorrow night.
Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is the bookies favourite to take charge for the second half, with Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola lined up should the match go to extra time.
It is believed that the Russian billionaire will consider turning to former England manager Fabio Capello if the game goes to the lottery of a penalty shootout.
A statement on the club’s website read, “We would like to offer Anders our gratitude for his efforts, but his inability to shit trophies everytime Mr Abramovich clicks his fingers means that he had to go.”
Pressure has been mounting on Villas-Boas and he appeared to have a difficult relationship with several of Chelsea’s senior players.
After Saturday’s defeat against West Brom he said, “It is my job to prepare the players and instil within them the belief and desire to win.”
“Once they cross the white line it is then up to them to do whatever John Terry or Frank Lampard say.”
Di Matteo revealed he was confident that he would be at Chelsea for the long haul.
“I expect to be here until at least half past eight tomorrow night,” he said.
“Hopefully I’ll be given time to lay the foundations that will allow me to successfully complete the post-match interview.”