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Chelsea open talks with Guus Hiddink

Chelsea look set to unveil Guus Hiddink as their new manager on a part-time basis following the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari yesterday. The Russia manager has been given permission to speak to the Blues and is expected to sign a short-term contract until the end of the current season while still guiding Russia towards qualification for South Africa 2010.

An official statement on the Chelsea website reads: "Chelsea Football Club can confirm we have officially approached the Russian Football Union (RFU) for permission to speak to Guus Hiddink to become the club's temporary coach until the end of the season while continuing to be in charge of the Russian national team. That permission has been granted and Chelsea would like to thank the RFU for their co-operation."

Hiddink was linked with the vacant Chelsea job last summer, but he made it clear that he was unwilling to leave his current post as Russia manager. While the Dutch coach managed both Australia and PSV Eindhoven at the same time back in 2006 it looks as if he will be yet another stop-gap at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea again try to fill a Mourinho shaped hole.

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