To nobody’s great surprise, Chelsea announced that Guus Hiddink will take temporary charge of the first team between now and the end of the season. The Dutchman is a close friend of Blues owner Roman Abramovich and will be expected to bank a Champions League place by the end of the season.
The Daily Mail confirm that the Russia manager has been brought in as a stopgap measure, with Hiddink expected to officially take charge next week. It appears as though his sympathies lie very much with his predecessor, with the 62-year-old confirming that he will be speaking with Phil Scolari at some stage soon.
‘I haven’t done it yet but I will call him in the next day or two,’ said Hiddink.
Hiddink will take the reins next week and said: ‘It’s never enough time to prepare a team in one week but this is an exceptional situation.
‘Chelsea have good players and they should be in top form and that should make my job easier.’
So Chelsea fans, how will Guus Hiddink fare in no more than six words? We’ll go for “Could win Champions League for Roman” although we’re sure you can fare better. Who do supporters want to see as permanent manager in the summer, or is there no such thing as a long-term gaffer at Stamford Bridge anymore?