MANCHESTER ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 05: Roberto Di Matteo the manager of West Bromwich Albion looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion at the City of Manchester Stadium on February 5 2011 in Manchester England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
I think, if you'd asked me what I wanted happening in terms of the managerial situation a few weeks ago, before 50% of every waking thought I had was occupied by Euro 2012, I imagine I would have told you I wanted Roberto di Matteo on a one-year deal to more fully assess his abilities as a manager over the long haul. Sure, we won the FA Cup and Champions League under his guidance, but a team like Chelsea has to be able to finish in the top three consistently in order to survive at this level, and sixth isn't good enough.
At any rate, I have some good news for pre-Euros me, courtesy of Chelsea journalist Matt Lewis:
Few rumblings that #CFC are to announce Di Matteo as boss on 1-year deal later today. Wasn't expecting news on new manager until next week.— Matt Lewis (@mattlewis27) June 10, 2012
I guess that's also good news for anyone who thinks the managerial situation needs upgrading before we do anything else this summer. Since Pep Guardiola's off the board for a sabbatical, this is probably the most sensible decision the Blues could make. I know some people are upset over some poor performances in the league, but I find it difficult to fault the manager for making a gamble on the Champions League final and then pulling it off, which is probably the most correct interpretation of di Matteo's late-season run with Chelsea.