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Hiddink tells Reuters he is in talks with Chelsea

February 10, 2009

Guus Hiddink is in talks with Chelsea about taking over as manager until the end of the season while continuing as Russia coach.

Hiddink said he was approached by the Premier League club to coach the team after Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked on Monday.

“I have to admit it’s a complicated situation involving the Russian national team and Chelsea,” the Dutchman told Reuters in an exclusive interview in Turkey.

“I must say that this is an exceptional situation. If it was any other club aside from Chelsea my answer would be a straight ‘No’,” he said. “But Chelsea is different because I have good relations with the owner (Russian Roman Abramovich).”

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PHOTO: Russia coach Guus Hiddink smiles before addressing fans in Moscow, June 27, 2008 REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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The inevitable is now happening and your actual Chels are joining the great sides such as Real Madrid, Man Citeh and Newcastle with their comedic hiring and firing of managers. Chelsea fans must be horrified, it wasn’t that long ago when it looked like they’d dominate for years, but I can’t see it now. Ranieri, Mourinho, Avram (Who?) and now Felipao bite the dust; Roman’s Russian Revolution is in full swing. Who’s next?

Posted by BOB | Report as abusive
 

I think they should rather appoint Drogba as coach along with a few of his primadonna colleagues as player power has proven its effect again..No, the solution is to appoint someonewho can handle the ego’s and if they underperform then substitute them and keep them there until they get the message. You cannot tell me Drogba, Ballack and Deco are as bad as they have been todate.

Hiddink is good but can he do a “Fergie boot throw on Drogba like it was done on Beckham. Will Hiddink have sent V/Nistelrooy ,Stam,Kanchelskis and co packing like Fergie did.Lets see………..Thats what Chel$ki need.

Posted by gerard jansen | Report as abusive
 

I’d still rate Hiddink as, overall, the best coach in the world but I’m not sure that getting him on a part-time temporary deal until the end of the season makes sense?

Unless he is going to do a Beckham?

Posted by Simon | Report as abusive
 

Hiddink is the only person for this job. and no question about having ability to give Power training that chelsea players wanted. and it was tested and proven by those guys in world cup 2002.

well.. chelsea wants a boost…

Posted by passing by | Report as abusive
 

Chelsea have confirmed Hiddink will take over for the rest of the season. Interestingly, in their statement Cheleea talk about Hiddink’s great experience and say he was sacked by Real Madrid in the 90s after the club ‘proved impatient’.
Isnt that exactly what Chelsea have been in sacking Scolari and Grant??

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive
 

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