Chelsea fans, worry not. If Guus Hiddink’s first spell at Chelsea is anything to go by, the Dutchman will help get your season back on track.
Jose Mourinho may now have gone from the Special One to the departed one, but the club are making the right decision. Though his players were the guilty culprits, you cannot offload half a squad, particularly midway through the season.
And now, Roman Abramovich will look to his old friend to steady the ship once again. If he does a good enough job, then the prospect of landing Diego Simeone in the summer will only increase in probability.
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Hiddink first touched down at Stamford Bridge in February 2009, entrusted with restoring morale to a dressing room devoid of confidence under Luiz Felipe Scolari.
At the time the Blues sat fifth in the Premier League table, eventually, they finished third and lost just one of the 22 games in which the 69-year-old oversaw.
There was silverware too, in the form of the FA Cup where goals from Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard fired them to victory over Everton, whilst they would also have made the Champions League final if Barcelona had not relied on some unusual refereeing decisions by the now infamous Tom Henning Ovrebo.
Since Abramovich came to town, Hiddink has the highest winning percentage at 73% which puts him above both Mourinho and Avram Grant.
Hiddink will no doubt be relishing a second crack of the whip and knows his reputation is in need of rebuilding after the disappointment of his fleeting spell in charge of the Netherlands.
The former Australia and South Korea manager succeeded Louis van Gaal, after his compatriot joined Manchester United in the summer of 2014, but could not build on their impressive showing at the World Cup and resigned from his post back in June.
His feud with Van Gaal will also be a key pulling point, and the perfect opportunity to inflict some wounds and heal his own. The league’s top two crisis teams are due to lock horns at Old Trafford later this month in the blockbuster event of the Christmas schedule.
Despite having his shortcomings, Hiddink is a superb man manager and the work he did during his first spell at Stamford Bridge paved the way for Carlo Ancelotti to win the title the following season.
If history repeats itself, then whoever gets the job on a permanent basis may have an easier time of it than Mourinho did.
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