It looks for all the world as if Roman Abramovich, Bruce Buck and Peter Kenyon didn’t have an immediate replacement lined up when Phil Scolari was sacked on Monday. It appears as though it’s going to be history repeating, with Chelsea essentially bringing in an interim replacement for the Brazilian until the summer, by which point they will hopefully have secured Champions League football next season.
Reuters reports that Guus Hiddink is currently having talks with the club’s Russian owner, with the pair very close due to the Dutchman’s involvement with the national side. While Hiddink is adamant that he’s not going to walk away from his current job, there appears every chance that he’ll juggle his duties managing Arshavin and Pavlyuchenko with coaching the likes of Terry, Ballack and Lampard.
“I have to admit it’s a complicated situation involving the Russian national team and Chelsea,” the Dutchman told Reuters in an exclusive interview at this Mediterranean resort during a training camp.
“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 (club) owner. So I would like to help them (Chelsea) in this situation if I could.”
Chelsea fans, are you encouraged that such an experienced coach appears to be on the verge of becoming the Blues manager? Or are you still reeling from Phil Scolari exiting? It makes sense to bring in a stop-gap solution at this stage in the season, although it just goes to show how little faith the club’s owner had in Scolari that he was sacked at this juncture. There’s clearly some concern that the Blues will fail to qualify for the Champions League!