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Alarm bells sounding for Everton

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Buck slams 'unsatisfactory' Chelsea

Roberto Di Matteo's chances of keeping the Chelsea manager's job on a permanent basis appear to have dimmed after the Blues failed to finish in the top four in the Premier League.

Despite victory over relegated Blackburn on Sunday the Blues were consigned to a sixth-place finish in the final league standings - although they will nevertheless qualify for next season's Champions League if they beat Bayern Munich in the final of this year's competition on Saturday.

Di Matteo, the interim boss since Andre Villas-Boas' sacking in March, hopes to keep the job on a permanent basis - but that now seems unlikely after club chairman Bruce Buck lambasted the league performance.

Chelsea were three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal at the time of Villas-Boas' dismissal, but ultimately finished five points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham as Newcastle also leapfrogged them.

"We do not consider [finishing outside the top four] to be satisfactory and Roman [Abramovich] and the board will be working over the summer to try to ensure that doesn't happen again," Buck said.

Buck was also critical of the 4-1 league defeat to Liverpool, adding: "We were all very disappointed with the result on Tuesday night in Liverpool. We just couldn't get into the game and we played to Liverpool's tune.

"But if we had the choice to win the FA Cup final or Tuesday night's game, I know which one I would have picked. So, in that sense, I am satisfied."

Buck now hopes the club go on and win the Champions League, after falling short in agonising circumstances against Manchester United four years ago.

Buck said: "We came oh-so-close in Moscow. We want to do better this time."

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