Whilst it looks like Roman Abramovich isn’t going to make a move for a new manager anytime soon, that hasn’t stopped him from thumbing through his rolodex for a caretaker manager with some managerial experience.
Chelsea have received permission from the Russian Football Union to open talks with Guus Hiddink about replacing Luiz Felipe Scolari as manager on “a temporary basis”. The club confirmed they are seeking to appoint Hiddink only until the end of the season, in a role most likely to be combined with his current position as Russia coach.
Hiddink, who is currently in dispute with his current employers over the late payment of his wages, had earlier stated his interest in taking on such a combined role. “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 told Reuters on Tuesday morning. “But Chelsea is different because I have good relations with the owner. So I would like to help them in this situation if I could.” (The Guardian)
Hiddink, who was one of the few names mentioned on Roman’s short list at Chelsea, appears to be more than willing to help his Russian counterpart out for the next two or three months of the season. At this point in the season, nobody makes sense as a replacement for Scolari. For now the one thing Chelsea does need is a manager that can get the most out of the club and keep them in the Champions League for another year.
What do Chelsea supporters think? Would you consider Hiddink a good caretaker for the next couple of months?