Di Matteo, who managed Chelsea to their stunning Champions League triumph in 2012, reckons his former club should persevere with Conte.
With the FA Cup final to come next weekend, Antonio Conte will now be unsure what side to pick as some players were given a chance to make an impact on the team. "Newcastle were more determined than us".
'For sure we must change, if we think we play a game like this in the FA Cup we don't have a chance, ' said Conte.
"Will Saturday be my last match?"
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Chelsea now face a second season outside the Champions League in the last three years, which represents a significant blow to the club in both financial and footballing terms. We are very lucky the game was somewhat irrelevant in the end as Liverpool won (to confirm fourth).
"I am repeating always the same thing; I am committed to this club", he said.
'That's not an excuse, any other time I wouldn't be saying that, but we have a massive week to prepare for a cup final which is very important for us'. Conte, however, did not want to speculate on the extent of the long-term damage finishing fifth will cause. "You can ask the club what is the damage to finish out of the Champions League". "Finally, I would like to thank the fans for their unrivalled support of Rafa and the team throughout the season".
In the meantime, a man who is keen to challenge for silverware rather than fight for mere survival will be able to reflect upon a job well done after guiding last season's Sky Bet Championship winners through a mid-season slump to safety and beyond, a mission which has been warmly appreciated by his players and the fans alike.