Guus Hiddink confirmed as new Chelsea manager
Guus Hiddink has been confirmed as Chelsea manager until the end of the current Premier League season. The London club announced the news in an official statement on their website this afternoon.
"Chelsea Football Club is delighted to confirm Guus Hiddink will become temporary coach until the end of the season," the statement reads. "He is due to meet the players later this week. The club would like to take this opportunity to thank the Russian Football Union for their understanding and cooperation."
As expected, Hiddink will combine his role as Chelsea manager with his job as the head coach of the Russian national team. The former PSV Eindhoven manager told reporters that Russia's uncluttered schedule means that will be able to focus on both jobs: "In spring Russia has two qualifying matches against Azerbaijan on 28 March and against Lichtenstein on 1 April. We are going to gather five days before the first game and this time is enough to prepare well. The next game is against Finland on 10 June. And for Chelsea the season will be over by this time. As you can see there are no possible problems."
It is not clear if Hiddink will remain at Stamford Bridge beyond the end of the current season, but the much travelled manager didn't rule out the possibility: "There are two scenarios," he told reporters. "It goes bad and they say 'go back east' or it goes well, but I'm not thinking that far ahead."