Di Matteo and Drogba audition for 'The Boss'
Roberto di Matteo let Chelsea do his talking for him - literally. The FA Cup final win over Liverpool added another impressive line in his application for the post of permanent manager.
Chelsea's players formed an orderly queue to praise the Italian who has emerged from Andre Villas-Boas's failed managerial team to oversee a truly remarkable renaissance.
John Terry, an FA Cup-winning captain for the fourth time, reflected the support for Di Matteo within the dressing room as he said: "We've done Robbie the world of good with this win. It can do him no harm."
Another man waiting on his future also did himself no harm. Didier Drogba once again gave a Chelsea hierarchy so far unwilling to give him the two-year contract he craves a hefty nudge with the decisive goal in this 2-1 victory, scoring in the FA Cup final for a record fourth time.
Didier Drogba has now scored in a record four FA Cup finals for Chelsea Image: Getty
Di Matteo's face betrayed neither harm nor good as he emerged after being tossed into the air in celebration by Chelsea's joyous players. It was as stone-faced as it has been from day one as he deadpanned questions about the impact of this result on his future as irrelevant. "The boss (owner Roman Abramovich) will make the decision he feels is best for the club and we will respect that."
Of course no FA Cup win is an irrelevance and certainly not to a manager making his pitch for the job in public - or for a Chelsea side that looked in a state of permanent decline under Villas-Boas before he was dismissed.
"The boss" will reflect on two major decisions that face him this summer after they were placed in sharp relief by Chelsea's triumph against a Liverpool side that were desperately poor, almost overawed, for an hour before spluttering into life after substitute Andy Carroll's goal.
Abramovich must decide what to do about the interim manager who has now guided them to FA Cup victory and to the Champions League final, a competition that the Russian sees as his ultimate goal, as well as the striker who once again proved their Wembley match winner.
In the Chelsea way of things, no commitments will be made until after the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in Germany later this month, but Abramovich has matters to ponder in the next step for Di Matteo and the great FA Cup talisman Drogba.
Di Matteo could barely have done more.
He may struggle to qualify for the Champions League via the Premier League's top four but he has repaired Chelsea's fractured spirit, got the "old guard" to roll back the years and has put them in sight of the greatest prize of all, adding the FA Cup as a desirable extra.
And yet there remains doubts about whether he fits Abramovich's bill. Pep Guardiola had his final match in charge at the Camp Nou for Barcelona as Chelsea's celebrations got under way on Saturday night and the suspicion lingers he may receive some high-powered courting to test his resolve of a taking a gap year in his glittering career.
Abramovich will certainly enjoy the cachet of glamour a figure such as Guardiola would provide, even if it appears a long shot at this time.
There is certainly a potential dilemma heading Abramovich's way, although history tells us he can usually solve these matters without recourse to sentiment or soft heart.
The stellar names of management will be more attracted to Chelsea if they are in next season's Champions League, which it looks like they will have to win to qualify. And yet if they win the Champions League how can he deny Di Matteo his opportunity?
As for Drogba, he demonstrated once more at Wembley that even in his advancing years as a member of Chelsea's elder statesmen he still has the power to shape and win a big game. This is not a quality to be cast aside easily, despite the club's apparent reluctance to agree to his current contractual demands.
Wembley is his playground and once again he delivered. He scored the winner against Manchester United in 2007, equalised in the 2-1 win against Everton in 2009, scored the free-kick that beat Portsmouth in 2010 and here he took Frank Lampard's pass to angle a fine finish past Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina to score what turned out to be the winner.
He may be 34 and flirting with celebrity after an appearance on the Graham Norton chat show, but here is a football force to still be reckoned with. Of course he can be an irritating old drama queen but Chelsea would still need to spend an awful lot of Abramovich's money, probably more than the cost of a two-year contract, to replace him.
Fernando Torres is seen as the long-term bet and he has shown signs of life but it was a no-brainer to use Drogba's physical presence against Liverpool and Di Matteo was rewarded. If Drogba can be coaxed into the right mood, and on days like this the high maintenance is worth it, then it is surely worth Chelsea's board casting an eye over his contract demands.
He may be closer to the end of his career than the beginning but he will be some free transfer signing for somebody. He caressed a goalpost and touched the Wembley turf in the post-match celebrations and some interpreted it as a farewell but it is clear, like Di Matteo, he has supporters for his cause among Chelsea's players.
Frank Lampard said: "Didier is my hero. No striker scores so many important goals in finals."
The England midfielder also spoke on Di Matteo, adding: "Roberto deserves everything. He's turned the club around."
Chelsea can now turn their attentions to the big prize of the Champions League final - then Abramovich can examine the questions posed to him by Di Matteo and Drogba by the successes of this most transformed season.