Dutch manager Guus Hiddink is set to become Chelsea’s interim manager for the second time following the sacking of Jose Mourinho according to reports.
The 69-year-old Dutchman is currently at a London hotel holding discussions with Blues officials.
Hiddink, who has already had one spell as Chelsea boss, winning the FA Cup in 2009, is yet to sign a contract but faces the task of reviving the Blues’ season having slipped into 16th in the Premier League table, just one point above the relegation zone after losing nine of their first 16 games.
Mourinho was sacked as manager on Thursday, just seven months after guiding Chelsea to the Premier League title.
Hiddink won six Dutch league titles and the European Cup across two spells as PSV Eindhoven manager.
He has also coached South Korea, Australia and Russia before leading Chelsea to FA Cup success in 2009.
He took over at Stamford Bridge in February 2009, replacing Luiz Felipe Scolari, and shared the role with his job as Russia manager.
Since then, he has endured unsuccessful spells as manager of Turkey, Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala and the Netherlands.
He stood down as Netherlands boss in June, with their Euro 2016 qualifying hopes already in disarray.
The Dutch eventually failed to reach the finals, finishing fourth in their group, behind Czech Republic, Iceland and Turkey.