Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has a word of advice for the Premier League champions which could benefit them in the long run.
The Dutch boss thinks the Chelsea hierarchy need to stop sacking managers in order to have a sustained success period.
The Blues have had 11 managerial changes since Roman Abramovich took over the reigns in 2003 with the latest being Jose Mourinho last December.
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The Independent quoted the Dutchman speaking ahead of Saturday’s league clash with Stoke City: “The club has to go in a new way where it is not on short spells.”
He also emphasised that whoever takes over after he departs in the summer and even beyond that, must be given time to bring success to the club.
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“I think now they have to go into a new era of Chelsea where managers have more than one or two years.”
CHANGES BROUGHT ACCOLADES
Chelsea’s hire-and-fire policy might not be acceptable to many but nonetheless, it has brought silverware to west London, with the club winning four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, and a Champions League and Europa League triumph too.
Hiddink has reinstalled the confidence among the players that was lost at the start of the 2015-16 season and dented their hopes of winning back-to-back titles.
The Blues are currently on a 12-game unbeaten run in the English top flight since the turn of the year and in recent weeks are looking more like their former selves.
Their Russian owner is scheduled to travel to Monaco in the next seven days to finalise the details of Antonio Conte’s appointment as the boss next season, according to the Telegraph.
The Italian coach is expected to be given a three-year deal earning £6 million-per-season.
NEW ROLE FOR INTERIM MANAGER
The 69-year-old has already disclosed he will not be taking the Chelsea job permanently but gave an insight that he might remain involved with the Blues, potentially in a new role.
“I’ll be here every now and then at Stamford Bridge or at Cobham[training ground].”
It is widely speculated that Hiddink will be offered an advisory role as a reward for what he has done for the club in his two spells as interim boss.
Time will tell if the top brass at Stamford Bridge will take the manager’s words to heart and act accordingly or maintain their policy of getting a new boss every two or three years.