Guus Hiddink Appointed Chelsea Manager
The current Russian manager, Guus Hiddink, has decided to sign a temporary contract at Chelsea following the dismissal of Luiz Felipe Scolari. This will see Hiddink not only managing Russia, but Chelsea too as he aims to take on both roles successfully together and combine his time with the two. These are not completely new surroundings though as he did this once before with South Korea and PSV, and was successful in doing so in 2002.
After recent results, including the 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge to Hull which saw them slip even further away from the title, Abramovich will demand better results from his new employee. It is said that the Russian owner will be satisfied with a top four finish this season, one that would guarantee them a position in next seasons Champions League, which brings in much needed television revenue.
Guus Hiddink has had a great amount of successes in his management career thus far. Achievements of note include taking South Korea to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2002, achieving six league titles while working for PSV and taking Russia to the semi-finals of Euro 2008.
Chelsea are still competing in three competitions out of a possible four. Although winning their domestic league seems unrealistic, it is still achievable. They also made it into the quarter finals of the prestigious FA Cup after a 3-1 win away to Watford and face Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League. Both Chelsea and Hiddink will hope to finish the season as positively as possible.