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Wilkins backing Hiddink to make successful Chelsea return

Wilkins left the club mid-way through the season. (©PAphotos)
Wilkins left the club mid-way through the season. (©PAphotos).

Former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins says Guus Hiddink can be a success in his second spell as Blues boss.

The Dutchman is heavily rumoured to become the new manager of the Stamford Bridge club, to replace Carlo Ancelotti who was sacked after a trophy-less season on west-London.

Hiddink won the FA Cup in his short spell at the club in 2009, and Wilkins says he can be a success once more.

"I thought Guus would go away and do his international duties, which is what he's doing with Turkey. He does a great job with the national sides. So I never thought he'd be coming back," he said.

 

"But he's a big coach and he's made big decisions in his life and managed big clubs. So the Chelsea job will hold no fears for him whatsoever. When you're a big coach like Guus, you can just go into a club and feel quite comfortable.

"When he came to Chelsea, there were no bigger characters than the guys he was working with. He handled them in fine fashion, so there would be no problem coming back into league management.

"Guus is a 64-year-old [who acts like a] 50-year-old - and that helps immensely. He might be 64 but his heart is still one of a 25-year-old. So from that aspect he really doesn't have a problem.”

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