Poyet backs Di Matteo for full-time Chelsea role

Brighton boss believes Roman Abramovich should hand the Stamford Bridge reins to his former team-mate after his Champions League and FA Cup successes in his short stint in charge

Brighton manager Gus Poyet has urged Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to appoint Roberto Di Matteo on a full-time basis, stating that it would be "common sense" to do so.

The Italian is currently in the dark about his future at Stamford Bridge, despite leading the Blues to FA Cup success and a first Champions League crown earlier this month, with speculation over the position ongoing.

And Poyet, speaking at a British Airways Football Legends Invitational Tournament in Barbados, insisted that the interim boss should be handed a full-time role.

"It would be common sense that he will stay," Poyet told reporters.

"I call him 'one of us', one of our generation - with so many managers - Mark Hughes, Gianluca Vialli, Ruud Gullit, Robbie Di Matteo, Dennis Wise, Dan Petrescu, myself, Didier Deschamps - there are so many - 'Chappy' [Albert] Ferrer.

"Why not one of us? Why should it be somebody else all the time?

"I'm not saying that we didn't have good managers at Chelsea. I mean, Mourinho was different class. But give us [former players] a chance."

And Di Matteo, who was also in attendance in Barbados alongside Chelsea team-mates like Gianfranco Zola and Dennis Wise, is not allowing the rumours to distract him, according to Poyet.

"He's very relaxed," Poyet added.

"He's just trying to get away from the crazy three months that he had."