Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay has stated that Roberto Di Matteo's hopes of securing the permanent manager's job have received an "enormous boost" after the Italian guided the club to their first-ever Champions League triumph.
The Italian was handed the position on an interim basis back in March after Andre Villas-Boas was dismissed with the club outside the top four of the Premier League and on the verge of being eliminated from the Champions League after a 3-1 quarter-final first-leg defeat to Napoli.
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However, the former West Brom boss quickly turned the club's fortunes around as he led the Blues to victory in the FA Cup final and their triumph in the Allianz Arena last Saturday to lift the European Cup means he is now bookmakers' favourite to land the job on a full-time basis and Gourlay believes that the success he has achieved has done his hopes the world of good.
Gourlay told reporters: "The fact that he has the Champions League on his CV helps him enormously.
"I know there has been speculation in the press and media about conversations with 'XYZ'. That has not been the case.
"We will sit down as a board of directors with our owner as quickly as we can and take our decision from there. We are going through that process now and then we'll sit down... it's only been a couple of days [since the season ended]."
However, although discussions with billionaire owner Roman Abramovich have yet to take place, Gourlay revealed that a new manager could be in place in the next few weeks.
He added: "[An appointment could be made] any time over the next couple of weeks and certainly by the time we go on tour.
"The players report back on July 4 or 5 and in an ideal world you want the coach in position by then."