LONDON: Chelsea captain John Terry believes victory in the FA Cup can strengthen interim manager Roberto Di Matteo’s claims to be appointed to the job on a full-time basis.
Di Matteo has overseen a dramatic transformation in Chelsea’s fortunes since taking over from sacked predecessor Andre Villas-Boas in March, guiding the club to the FA Cup and Champions League finals.
Although Chelsea’s league form has left the club struggling to secure an all-important top-four finish, Terry has praised the impact Di Matteo has had in such a relatively short space of time.
Di Matteo’s future at Stamford Bridge remains uncertain, with Chelsea’s hierarchy insisting no decision on a permanent successor to Villas-Boas will be taken until the close season.
However Terry told reporters Friday that victory over Liverpool at Wembley on Saturday could enhance Di Matteo’s CV.
“It would do him no harm at all,” Terry said.
“He’s obviously done very well in the league and all competitions to get us where we are today.
“To win it (the cup) will put himself in a very good position.”