By MIKE McGRATH
ROBERTO DI MATTEO looks certain to be named as permanent Chelsea boss.
Bookies last night closed the book on him staying at Stamford Bridge, with the Italian expected to sign a two-year contract.
The deal is likely to be announced on Wednesday when Di Matteo’s agent arrives in London.
Di Matteo has been sweating on his future since winning the Champions League.
Owner Roman Abramovich had stalled on a contract in spite of Di Matteo’s record since taking over as temporary boss after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked.
The care-taker lost only three games and masterminded famous Euro wins over Napoli, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Abramovich, a massive fan of ex-Barca coach Pep Guardiola and former England manager Fabio Capello, played a waiting game.
But Di Matteo, 42, made his case by rescuing Chelsea’s season.
Senior players at Stamford Bridge have called for the stand-in boss to get the job.
The League Managers’ Association have also given their backing, with chief executive Richard Bevan saying: “He can’t do much more than he has done already.”