Former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair says he would be amazed if the club allowed Roberto Di Matteo and Eddie Newton to walk away.
There has been speculation that interim boss Di Matteo may not be given the manager’s job at Stamford Bridge this summer – despite leading the Blues to Champions League glory.
Along with right-hand man Newton, the Italian has transformed the team’s fortunes since being placed in charge following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas.
Chelsea say they will make a decision on the managerial position before their pre-season tour.
And Sinclair, who played alongside both Newton – who he has known since childhood – and Di Matteo, hopes owner Roman Abramovich will resist any temptation to look elsewhere.
“Winning the Champions League has to give Robbie a great chance of getting the job,” Sinclair told West London Sport.
“Having that on your cv when you go into the interview has to count for a lot and I think he will get the job. He deserves it.
“I played at school with Eddie since the age of 11 and then all through Chelsea and no-one is more chuffed than me that he is there and doing such a great job.
“He has a brilliant knowledge of the game, he’s passed all his coaching badges and he’s a Chelsea man. He was at the club from the age of 14 and knows the club – as does Robbie.
“They know each other inside out, they played together, they worked together at Milton Keynes and at West Brom, and they have that trust.
“All Chelsea fans recognised and realised what a good appointment he was and Robbie obviously did as well. They are a great team.”
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