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Di Matteo expecting axe even if Chelsea wins first-ever CL trophy


May 10, 2012 - London

Interim Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo is expecting to get axed by owner Roman Abramovich at the end of the season even if he wins the club their first-ever Champions League trophy by beating Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on May 19.

Di Matteo believes Abramovich's adamancy to bring a high profile name to manage the Blues means he wouldn't get another chance to manage them.

"Robbie is determined to go for glory against Bayern, even though he's resigned to leaving regardless of what happens in Munich. He has tried to talk to the club's hierarchy about pre-season training for next season and been given very short shrift," The Sun quoted a close Chelsea source, as saying.

"That convinced him he really is just an 'interim' manager, filling the post until a full-time appointment can be made. He's hugely disappointed after the miracles he has worked here since taking over from Andre Villas-Boas in March," the source added.

"Two Cup finals is an amazing success after inheriting that mess. And winning the FA Cup last Saturday was very special. He won it with Chelsea as a player, scoring that amazing goal against Middlesbrough in 1997, and now he has won it as a manager too," the source said.

The source further revealed that nothing has changed fundamentally since the departure of former manager Andre Vilas-Boas, but Di Matteo has full support of the dressing room.

"That guarantees him hero status with the fans but won't budge the powers-that-be. Everyone knows Villas-Boas was appointed last summer to get rid of the older players. Di Matteo has the full support of all the players but, fundamentally, nothing has changed," the source added.

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