Just under three months into his second-coming as Chelsea manager, Guus Hiddink has succeeded in putting the brakes on the Blues' demise this campaign. The Dutchman has brought an end to the chain of losses that had engulfed the club and has returned stability to the west London side.
However, despite this impressive achievement, the 69-year-old has received minimal plaudits for his exploits. Chelsea supporters remain uneasy over the club’s position but some appear ignorant to the enormity of the task faced by Hiddink when he accepted the interim role in December.
Whilst Hiddink has ruled himself out of acquiring a permanent position at the club, he still deserves praise for his actions.
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They say ‘never go back’, but the Dutchman has proven that a return can be successful albeit the high risk. In fact, since inheriting Jose Mourinho’s position, Chelsea haven’t lost a single game.
In ten games in charge, Hiddink has masterminded four victories and six draws. On the contrary, Mourinho’s final ten Premier League fixtures saw four defeats and just two wins.
So whilst Hiddink hasn’t brought about an avalanche of three points since returning, his record greatly defies that of ‘The Special One’.
Chelsea supporters’ love for the Portuguese mastermind is of course understandable, but they should equally find support for the man who has halted their turmoil. Hiddink was handed a squad on its knees but he has ensured that they haven’t lost a single fixture with him at the reins.
When confronted with a team more used to losing than winning, it’s incredible that Hiddink has bucked this trend so quickly. Chelsea are fighting once again.
The 1-0 victory at Arsenal is evidence that the ex-Turkey manager is steering the club back towards its status of being a domestic juggernaut. Moreover, the dramatic 1-1 draw against Manchester United accentuates the fight and belief he has brought back to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea may not be playing champagne football or turning over sides by three or four goals, but they’ve stopped the rot and Hiddink has played a vital role in this. Supporters need to start realising that their gaffer may not be a big name but is a big asset when it comes to adding stability.
The club still finds themselves in mid table and serious improvements remain necessary. However, considering the side were linked with relegation and losing a plethora of key players, Hiddink and his influence deserves more respect than it currently garners.
Besides, if Mourinho had remained at the helms, Chelsea’s rapid decline looked set to continue.
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