Chelsea should do all they can to persuade Guus Hiddink to succeed Jose Mourinho on a permanent basis.
The Dutchman, who has helped the Blues overcome their turbulent start to the campaign, has proved a big hit at Stamford Bridge, with the 5-1 victory over MK Dons in the FA Cup the latest in a string of improved performances.
And whilst Diego Simeone's arrival would be the dream, Hiddink is doing enough to show what he could achieve if he were to stay at the club beyond the end of the season.
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Before Hiddink came Chelsea were an absolute mess, languishing just one point above the relegation zone with star players Diego Costa and Eden Hazard struggling to hit their stride.
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However, whilst they still look destined to be without European football next season, the doom and gloom surrounding the club has lifted with Premier League survival now somewhat belatedly assured.
During his first spell at the club in 2009, Hiddink lost just once and also claimed some silverware in the form of the FA Cup after succeeding Brazilian Luis Filipe Scolari.
Over the course of his two tenures at the club, the former South Korea boss has coaxed the best from the crop of players at his disposal, something Mourinho failed to do during his last few months at the helm.
Chelsea and Hiddink have always stressed they would only unite for the short term, but if results continue to improve then the Dutchman may be forced to sit down and re-evaluate the situation.
Simeone is reportedly the one Roman Abramovich desires the most, particularly with Pep Guardiola agreeing to manage Manchester City, but persuading the Argentine to leave his beloved Atletico Madrid would not be an easy task.
Hiddink was sacked by the Netherlands national team after failing to match the exploits of Louis van Gaal, yet the 69-year-old appears rejuvenated and would be the perfect man to guide Chelsea back to the top of English football.
STAY OR GO?
There are still plenty of games left to play, but if the Blues continue to improve domestically and eliminate Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, talks over who manages them next season would have to take place.
Hiddink has enjoyed a glittering career and it would only be fitting for him to retire at the top. Chelsea would be the perfect place for him to do that, and would give the Premier League champions an opportunity to plan for the future without time forcing their hand.
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