Ronald Koeman would like to replace Guus Hiddink as the substantive Chelsea manager and he wants the current Chelsea boss to help him land the job.
Koeman, who currently manages Southampton, said he would like to work at a top foreign club and would like Hiddink to put in a good word for him to become his replacement next summer.
“If Guus (Hiddink) puts a good word in for me, that would be a big influence,” said the Southampton manager.
“I always want to achieve the highest possible level. That has happened in Holland and that’s what I’d really like to achieve abroad.”
Hiddink is only currently the Chelsea manager on an interim capacity, but he would expect to be in the running when Roman Abramovic decides on the club’s next substantive manager and as a result, Koeman’s request may come a bit as odd.
Koeman has managed the biggest clubs in Holland – Ajax, Feyenoord and PSV as well as one of the biggest in Spain, Valencia – and is looking at doing that in a foreign country.