Gourlay coy on Di Matteo talk

Chelsea will not be rushed into appointment

Ron Gourlay: Insists Chelsea will take their time over the appointment of a permanent manager

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Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay has again insisted that the club will take their time over the appointment of a permanent manager.

Interim boss Roberto Di Matteo, who replaced Andre Villas-Boas in March, is a popular contender among the players and supporters after guiding them to UEFA Champions League and FA Cup glory.

However, despite his exploits the Italian is by no means guaranteed the permanent job, with the likes of former England boss Fabio Capello also linked with the role.

Gourlay is full of praise for Di Matteo's efforts since taking over three months ago but stressed the club would not be rushed into making snap decisions.

Gourlay told Sky Sports News: "As we've said exactly from the day Robbie was given the job as interim coach, let's get through to the end of the season, we set ourselves goals and then when that season ends then we'll sit down and discuss things.

"Whilst we hoped to get to Munich we didn't know at the time we would get there so we just asked Robbie to give us his best and see where we went.

"So now we have to sit down over the next week or two, or however long it takes, because we've got to do what is right for the football club.


"We will look at the season, look what worked for us, look at the mistakes we made, put them right and then take it forward.

"I know the fans will be pushing for Robbie, but we're not jumping into anything rash.

"He has done fantastically well and I'm very proud of him and what he has achieved. But we will stick with what we said and sit down and talk things through and work things out."

Despite the Blues basking in the glory of becoming European champions for the first time, speculation has continued regarding the future of strikers Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres.

Drogba's contract expires next month and he has yet to agree an extension, although the players and fans have called for the Ivory Coast star to stay.

Torres, meanwhile, has expressed his frustration in the media about his lack of first-team action with the Londoners and his selection as a substitute against Bayern Munich on Saturday.

Gourlay was quick to play down any talk of a disagreement with either player, stressing that an announcement regarding the future of Drogba would be made as soon as a satisfactory conclusion was reached.

"Everybody wants to play and I would be very surprised if Fernando, who has been awesome recently, didn't," he added.

More games

"He wanted more games and I'm sure he wanted more time on the field as every professional does, but Robbie picks the team to start the game.

"When Fernando came on we were behind at that stage and he played a big part in helping us win the Champions League final.

"It must have been very difficult for Robbie and all the guys on the sidelines who were left out for such a big occasion."

Regarding Drogba, Gourlay said: "Conversations with Didier have been going on for months now and they're still on-going.

"Didier has made it clear that he loves Chelsea and has loved everything he has achieved here, this was the icing on the cake for him and for everybody else.

"When we are already to make an announcement then we will do in the future."