Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay has said that the club will not be making a decision on the next manager until the end of the season.

Chelsea recently won the fourth FA Cup trophy in six years under interim manager Roberto di Matteo.

However, it is expected that Chelsea will not be looking at the possibility of appointing di Matteo before the end of the season. Chelsea still have the Champions League final against Bayern Munich to look forward to on May 19. The possibility of finishing in the top four finished after Chelsea suffered a humiliating 4-1 loss at the hands of Liverpool on Tuesday night.

Speaking after the match, Ron Gourlay has said that it is in the best interests of the club to not make a decision right now. Roberto di Matteo has said that an excellent job since taking over from the Portuguese manager Andre Villas-Boas at the start of March. Even though he has been unable to get the club into the top four, his exploits with Chelsea in the FA cup and the Champions League have called for the Italian to be permanently appointed as the manager of Chelsea. The Italian has certainly brought the best out of his players, but Chelsea could decide otherwise when it comes to the new season.

"The club said from day one when he came in as interim manager that we would assess things at the end of the season. We've not changed our approach. Robbie is completely on board with that and the last person who's going to put any pressure on the team at this stage is me," said Ron Gourlay after the Liverpool defeat. He said that Chelsea are interested in keeping Didier Drogba, who is out of contract at the end of the season.