Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has confirmed that he would like compatriot Guus Hiddink to ‘put in a good word’ at Chelsea when the time comes for the Blues to appoint a new manager.
Hiddink will remain interim head coach at Stamford Bridge until the summer when the powers that be will decide upon a full-time replacement for Jose Mourinho.
Koeman wants Hiddink's help
When that decision is made, Koeman clearly wants to be in contention. He may currently be Saints manager, but his latest comments - relayed by the Daily Mirror - offer an insight into the job he’d like to have moving forward.
“If Guus puts a good word in for me, that would be a big influence,” he said.
“It is certainly something that I always have at the back of my mind.
“I always want to achieve the highest possible level. That has happened in Holland and that’s what I’d really like to achieve abroad.”
There are certainly worse potential candidates than Koeman, that’s for sure. The Dutchman has been impressive since taking over from Mauricio Pochettino at the St. Mary’s Stadium and his ambition will certainly have caught the eye of clubs considered bigger than Southampton.
Chelsea fall into that category and, though they usually adopt a big-name approach when it comes to new managers, perhaps offering a rising coach a chance to prove his worth at a European powerhouse could prove dividends.
Better options out there?
The one obvious flaw in that has already been proven by the ill-fated regimes of the likes of Andre Villas-Boas and David Moyes in recent years, although Koeman’s experience both on foreign shores and in the Premier League stands him in good stead on paper.
At the same time other, more illustrious, names are bound to be considered by Roman Abramovich - particularly since Chelsea are now under pressure to keep their all-star reputation intact.
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