Hiddink will stay with Chelsea, but not as manager

Sankha Ghosh / 03 March 2016
Hiddink to stay at Chelsea

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink will not be leaving Stamford Bridge at the end of this season after all. The Dutchman has guided the Blues to a hard-fought victory against Norwich at Carrow Road on Tuesday. He has also managed to turn around the club’s fortunes in such a short time, and could be rewarded with a new lucrative role at Stamford Bridge next season. The Daily Mail reports.

The Dutchman after helping the Blues to turn around remarkably has now set a remarkable challenge for the revived squad to qualify for Europe through the Premier League as Chelsea climbed into the top half of the league table for the first time in his second spell with a controversial 2-1 victory over Norwich. They were actually just a point of the relegation zone when the veteran Dutchman took charge in December.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich also happens to be a personal friend of the former Netherlands manager and has kept his faith on Hiddink before when his team was in need of saving.

During his first spell with the club, back in 2009, Hiddink steered Chelsea to the FA Cup final and also came out on top. Defeated Everton to win the prestigious competition. He also guided them to the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona, and would have gone through to the final if a series of refereeing blunders wouldn’t have restricted them.

Hiddink was also in charge of the Russian National team at that time and had to return to international duties at the end of the season. This time around, though, there is no such job to go back to, and it is widely suggested that the Russian billionaire will offer the veteran Dutch tactician an opportunity to stay with the club in an advisory role.

With Italy manager Antonio Conte largely expected to be appointed as the next Chelsea boss after the Euro’s, a full-time managerial appointment is not up for grabs as far as Hiddink is concerned.

However, his continued presence in another role would be great for this Chelsea team, particularly if they bring back club legend Didier Drogba as well.