Dutch tactician Guss Hiddink has officially taken over from sacked Jose Mourinho. Chelsea Saturday afternoon confirmed Hiddink as the manager for the Blues for the rest of the season.
“Chelsea football club can confirm Guus Hiddink has been appointed first-team manager until the end of the season,” read a statement on the club’s official website.
“The owner and the board welcome back a coach with a wealth of top-level experience and success, including his previous spell with the club in 2009 when we lifted the FA Cup. Mr [Roman] Abramovich and the board believe that Guus has what it takes to get the best out of our talented squad.”
Hiddink spoke with the official Chelsea website after being confirmed and the 69-year old said he was happy to be back at the Bridge.
He said: ‘I am excited to return to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the world but is not where it should be at the moment. However, I am sure we can all turn this season around.
‘I am looking forward to working with the players and staff at this great club and especially renewing my wonderful relationship with the Chelsea fans.’
Just like the current scenario playing out, Hiddink took temporary charge of Chelsea in February 2009, helping the Blues recover from a poor first half of the season.
The Dutch coach lost just one league game that season to finish third in the Premier League, thus guaranteeing Champions League football for the next campaign and signing off in style thanks to a 2-1 FA Cup win over Everton at Wembley.
The Coach will hope for same magic in his return as Chelsea start the weekend in a precarious 16th position on the table, just one point above the drop zone.