Chelsea’s run of bad form look to continue and, no, they don’t have Scolari to blame for this mess. This time the blame goes squarely on the shoulders of new manager, Guus Hiddink.
The appointment, which was confirmed yesterday, has caused some consternation in Russia, where it has been regarded as a sleight to the prestige of coaching the country. Former players have denounced Hiddink’s decision even if he has, privately, said he had “no choice” but to accept the Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s request to help out at the club.
The former Russia coach Anatoli Byshovets said: “No Russian coach who worked with the national team previously was given so many privileges or enjoyed such special conditions as Hiddink does now. The Russian Football Union is effectively allowing him to neglect our national team by leaving it in the hands of his assistants.” (Independent)
He hasn’t even managed Chelsea in one match and already everyone’s question regarding Hiddink’s decision to coach Russia and Chelsea at the same time is backfiring. Sure, he can say that he owed it to Abramovich to help him out; but will this be his big excuse if Chelsea fail to finish in the top four? Nobody would be shocked if it was.
So what’s your take on Hiddink managing to sides at once? Do you think Russia or Chelsea will suffer because of his multi-tasking?