Update: It’s official now. Following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, the news that we brought yesterday now has become official as the former Netherlands boss Guus Hiddink has been appointed manager as the Blue new manager until the end of the season, the club from Stamford Bridge have confirmed.
“I am excited to return to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the world but is not where it should be at the moment. However, I am sure we can all turn this season around,” Hiddink said in a statement.
“I am looking forward to working with the players and staff at this great club and especially renewing my wonderful relationship with the Chelsea fans.”
Guus Hiddink (69) seems to be a successor to Jose Mourinho at Chelsea. Hiddink came to London and held talks with the Blues which he led for four months in 2009.
Then he took over the club also temporarily, in the last part of the season, after Luis Felipe Scolari got fired. But the Brazilian coach then left a team in a much better shape than the Portuguese, Jose Mourinho as reigning champion after 16 rounds is sitting only in 16th place, just one point above the relegation zone.
Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo discussed Jose Mourinho's departure with Chelsea TV this evening… https://t.co/UQDJ8at3Nx
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 17, 2015
Hiddink, in 2009 revived the team and led it to the FA Cup glory, takes over Mourinho’s job, who only seven months ago led the Blues to the Premier League title. Before the talk with Chelsea Hiddink told De Telegraaf: “I want to gain as much information as possible. Chelsea is in a bad situation and there are reasons for that.”
“Before I take a decision, I want to have insight.
“The coaches will do that [take charge against Sunderland on Saturday]. Or I will visit the match depends on my first conversation. In response, I determine whether I stay longer in London to discuss the matter further.”
Hiddink in London
— Telesport Voetbal (@televoetbal) December 18, 2015
A look at the downfall of Jose Mourinho’s time as Chelsea manager.
A look at the long and varied career of Dutch coach and manager, Guus Hiddink.