As expected, Chelsea have officially named Guus Hiddink as the man to replace departed boss Jose Mourinho in the Blues’ hot-seat for the rest of the season.
The Dutchman will be taking over the reins at Stamford Bridge for the second time, having lead the club to FA Cup glory in 2009. Indeed, Hiddink won 11 of his 13 Premier League games with Chelsea, with that 85% win rate the best of any manager to have overseen at least five matches. On accepting his new interim role, he said:
I am excited to return to Stamford Bridge. 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.
Hiddink will be in attendance at Stamford Bridge for the Blues’ clash with Sunderland today. However, the rather appropriately-named coach Steve Holland will be in charge as the west Londoners look to move further away from the relegation zone.
As for the long-term, the jury is still out on who’ll get the Chelsea job on a permanent basis once this season is over.