Chelsea install Guus Hiddink as manager until the end of the season

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Chelsea have confirmed Guus Hiddink has returned to the club as first-team manager until the end of the season following the sacking of Jose Mourinho. 

The Blues parted company with the Portuguese on Thursday after a disastrous start to the season that sees them just one point and two places above the relegation zone. 

Steve Holland will take charge of the game against Sunderland on Saturday afternoon with the Dutchman taking control after the weekend.


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Hiddink previously spent three months as manager at Stamford Bridge in 2009 and led the club to success in the FA Cup.

During his short tenure, he oversaw 22 games and only lost once, winning 16 and drawing five.

However, he is taking over in a completely different scenario to that of six years ago.

When he succeeded Luiz Felipe Scolari, the west London outfit were fifth in the Premier League. 

But Hiddink steps into a team who are at sixes and sevens and reports of a training ground bust-up were doing the rounds on Friday.

Sitting precariously above the relegation zone, Chelsea have been so far below the standards expect of them.

Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, Oscar and Branislav Ivanovic have all been on a terrible run of form and Hiddink's first task will be taking them back to the levels of last season.

A top four finish appears to be beyond the Pensioners but, at this given time, Chelsea fans will just be happy to pull away from any potential relegation threat.

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