The Latest On The Managerial Situation

MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 19: Roberto Di Matteo interim manager of Chelsea looks on during the UEFA Champions League Final between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea at the Fussball Arena München on May 19, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

I know many of you are curious about the managerial situation at Chelsea right now. The Blues still don't have a permanent manager, and they seem to be focusing on big-name signings like Eden Hazard and Hulk rather than appointing a first team coach. This situation is somewhat odd - most English teams would require a manager in place before adding to the squad, but Chelsea are an odd sort of club.

At any rate, I don't really know what's going on with the managerial situation and I suspect that nobody directly involved does either. Could it be Roberto di Matteo? Sure! Pep Guardiola? Why not? A national team manager like Joachim Low? No reason why not. But at this point, anything is either going to be speculation or based on undisclosed sources that look fundamentally identical to speculation anyway.

Fortunately, the impeccably-sourced Dan Levene has come to the rescue. All we've had so far is stuff from the likes of the Sun and the Mail so it's good to hear Dan weigh in with the news that Roberto di Matteo is set to be offered the manager's job on a permanent basis, with Chelsea apparently having failed in their pursuit of former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola.

Di Matteo would be a completely reasonable choice. I've seen arguments against him that focus on his ultra-defensive style of play during the Champions League run, but they seem more reactionary than anything else - I'm sure he'd be more than willing to adapt his tactics given the attacking talent Chelsea are set to drop into his lap this summer. Hopefully the Blues will be able to announce soon!

Last year it took until June 23rd to confirm Andre Villas-Boas' ill-fated appointment, so we're still ahead of schedule. Ish.

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