Di Matteo will not rush decision on future
Chelsea caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo will make a decision about his future at "the right time".
Not even the Blues' UEFA Champions League win over Barcelona on Wednesday night could break Di Matteo's resolve not to throw his hat into the ring to succeed Andre Villas-Boas full-time.
The spectacular success of the Italian's masterplan against the world and European champions has further increased the clamour for him to be handed the reins permanently.
Rival clubs will be beating a path to Di Matteo's door if Chelsea let him slip from their grasp at the end of the season, so emphatically has the 41-year-old restored his reputation as one of the brightest young coaches around.
"I'll tell you what I will take at the end of this season, a nice holiday - I can guarantee you that one!" said Di Matteo, who insisted there was no rush to clarify his longer-term future.
"There's time and space for everything. When the right time comes to sit down and think about it, I will. At the moment, I'm not thinking about anything like that. It's business."
He added: "I'm very relaxed, very relaxed about it. I've got other tasks in my head. Whatever happens, happens. I'll be fine. That's not a problem. It's not about me. I feel a great responsibility towards this club and supporters and players."
The idea of Di Matteo becoming Chelsea's next permanent manager was unexpected when he was charged with picking up the pieces of Villas-Boas' troubled reign. "I always had belief in myself. Other people maybe a bit less, I don't know," he said.
"Looking six weeks ago, we were sitting here the first day and we had to overcome this and that and the other. Everybody can be pleased connected to the club with the way that's it gone."
Di Matteo admitted he could never have predicted the stunning reversal of fortune that has put Chelsea in the FA Cup final and on the brink of the Champions League final. He said: "Nobody knows what the future holds. We just work toward the next game and tried to win and roll on. Nobody knew - it was impossible."