Guus Hiddink has arrived in the UK and is currently at a London hotel holding discussions with the Chelsea hierarchy. He is yet to sign a contract, but is leaving that to his advisors while he talks about the technical aspects involved in helping Chelsea out of their perilous position. He will be the new manager on an interim basis.
The abiding image of Hiddink’s brief spell in charge of Chelsea is of the Dutchman with one hand on the shoulder of a beaming Abramovich, a cigar in the other, and the team’s FA Cup celebrations as a backdrop. It was the end of a short, but sweet, three-month stint as he rejuvenated a club that had looked lost under Luiz Felipe Scolari, securing a Champions League place and beating Everton 2-1 at Wembley in his final game in charge. After getting the flak and sack for the Netherlands’ dismal Euro 2016 qualification campaign, he may decide that, at 69, he can do without the pressures of another high-profile full-time role. But if offered another caretaker role, he would be a good candidate to keep the Stamford Bridge seat warm.
Hiddink will hold fond memories for Chelsea fans after he led the Blues to the FA Cup, but his last role was nothing short of a disaster. Only 10 matches in charge of the Netherlands, a tenure ended after 10 months in charge. Five defeats and four wins, the start of a Euro 2016 qualifying campaign that ultimately failed. Hiddink won six Dutch league titles and the European Cup in his time as PSV Eindhoven manager. He has also coached South Korea, Australia and Russia before leading Chelsea to FA Cup success in 2009. Since then, he has endured unsuccessful spells as manager of Turkey, Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala and the Netherlands.