Guus Hiddink gears up for first media duties of second spell as Chelsea boss

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Guus Hiddink will be unveiled as Chelsea manager for a second time this afternoon.

Four days after being appointed manager on a six-month contract, Hiddink will hold a press conference at 1230 at the club's training base in Cobham, Surrey.

The list of tasks ahead of the Dutchman is long. He inherits a squad short on confidence after they plummeted to 15th in the Barclays Premier League table - just three points above the relegation zone.

And the 69-year-old must also try to improve a team spirit that has been lacking due to the "palpable discord" - as technical director Michael Emenalo put it - between former boss Jose Mourinho and his players.

But if Hiddink's second spell as the club's manager is anything like the first, owner Roman Abramovich will be glad he appointed the former Holland coach.

After taking the reins on a temporary basis following Luiz Felipe Scolari's sacking in February 2009, Hiddink led Chelsea to the Champions League semi-finals and won the FA Cup.

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic believes Hiddink's previous spell at the club will help him be a success in south-west London for a second time.

"He's an experienced professional who's already worked at the club, knows the people here, knows the mentality, so I expect that we'll be able to get good results with him," the Blues midfielder told Serbian publication Mondo.

"The change of coach has come at a really difficult time, when we're in an unenviable position, but that's life."

Matic was a key player in Chelsea's title-winning campaign under Mourinho last season, but was subjected to an undignified substitution in the Blues' 3-1 home defeat to Southampton two months ago.

Eighteen minutes after being brought off the bench, Mourinho replaced the midfielder with Loic Remy.

Mourinho insisted the substitution was not "humiliating".

"That was not the case. I do not do that to anyone, in football and in life," the Portuguese said.

And Matic insists he enjoyed a good relationship with the 52-year-old while he was at the club.

"I've worked with Mourinho two beautiful years, so that means for me he is always linked with the good memories," Matic added.

"I have read several times I think that I had a bad relationship with him, but it is likely to have been written by some idiots.

"I commented with Mourinho about these allegations. We just laughed."

The first game of Hiddink's second reign comes on Boxing Day when Chelsea host Watford.

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