Chelsea have re-appointed former boss Guus Hiddink as their new manager until the end of the season, just two days after sacking Jose Mourinho following the club’s poor league form.
The Portuguese manager guided the Blues to the Premier League title in May but after suffering nine losses in 16 league games, he was given the boot with the club 20 points behind leaders Leicester.
Dutchman Hiddink watched the champions 3-1 win over Sunderland on Saturday afternoon as he returns to the club he managed in the final three months of the 2008-09 season, where he won the FA Cup.
In a statement on the club’s website, the former Netherlands boss said he is thrilled to return to the club and will strive to help Chelsea turnaround their season.
“I am excited to return to Stamford Bridge,” said the 69-year-old.
“Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the world but is not where it should be at the moment. However, I am sure we can all turn this season around.
“I am looking forward to working with the players and staff at this great club and especially renewing my wonderful relationship with the Chelsea fans.”
Following his departure from Chelsea in 2009, Hiddink has endured a number of poor spells as manager, including Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, Turkey and most recently The Netherlands, who failed to reach Euro 2016.
His appointment as interim manager until the end of the season suggests chairman Roman Abramovich could be keeping tabs on Pep Guardiola, who is reported to quit Bayern Munich in the summer for a move to the Premier League.
I am surprised Chelsea have gone back to reappoint Hiddink but I think we all know that the Dutchman’s appointment will only be until May and nothing more with Pep Guardiola their target man next summer.
As we saw against Sunderland, there is already a sense of improvement with just shows that Mourinho had lost the dressing room. Guus Hiddink is a good choice but don’t expect him to perform any miracles.
They are a long way off the top and I think the best Blues fans can hope for this season is a top six finish, but even that will be tough to achieve.