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Chelsea Will Appoint New Manager Within Two Weeks

Stamford Bridge official confirms announcement is close.

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Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay says the Blues will announce a new manager within the next two weeks with Guus Hiddink still the favourite.

The Stamford Bridge club have been linked with the Dutchman since Carlo Ancelotti was sacked on the final day of last season.

But any deal has been delayed by Hiddink’s role as head coach of Turkey, where he is contracted until next summer.

The 64-year-old led Chelsea to FA Cup success and the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2009 and remains a close friend, and advisor, to owner Roman Abramovich.

Gourlay did not reveal any names but says the club will have a man in place before they leave for next month’s pre-season tour of Asia.

“It’s a big season for us coming up,” Gourlay said. “Things didn’t go as well as we hoped last season and plans are very much in place for next season to be back winning trophies.

“As far as the manager is concerned, the process is going well but now is not the time for me to comment on who the next manager is going to be.

“We will announce things in the usual way but hopefully in the next week or two, we’ll be in a position to announce who our new coach will be.

“I don’t think it’s right to comment at this stage. I don’t want to create any speculation, we’ll make an announcement when we’re ready and we’ll see the new coach when we arrive next month.”

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