Legendary Dutch manager Guus Hiddink is reportedly spotted in an airport in UK according to several British media houses. It is being speculated that the Dutchman will be the successor of Jose Mourinho after the latter was sacked from his post last night by the Chelsea board.
Guus Hiddink is claimed to be handed the challenge of rescuing Chelsea’s disastrous campaign after the sacking of Mourinho.
The Portuguese manager, who penned a new £10m per year contract in August after guiding Chelsea to the Premier League title last term, was surprisingly informed about the harsh decision at lunchtime in a 10-minute meeting with the Stamford Bridge hierarchy at the club’s Cobham training ground.
Guus Hiddink, who led the Blues to FA Cup glory during a successful three-month stint as interim manager in 2009, will be reportedly asked to stabilise the Chelsea dressing room and guide the squad through to the end of this season.
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69-year-old Hiddink has been out of work after being axed by the Netherlands national team in June following five disastrous defeats in 10 games which had left the Dutch tactician on course to miss out on Euro 2016 to be held in France. The former PSV Eindhoven and Valencia coach is seen by Abramovich as having the experience to resurrect the Blue’s campaign and motivate a batch of players who have endured a disappointing performance under Mourinho.
Chelsea will however seek a permanent appointment at the end of this season, with Italy coach Antonio Conte the favoured candidate ahead of Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone. Pep Guardiola is also linked recently as Abramovich is desperate to bring success.