EPL : Chelsea appoint Hiddink manager until end of season

EPL : Chelsea appoint Hiddink manager until end of season

Dutchman returns for second stint as Chelsea manager to replace Jose Mourinho. Chelsea have announced the appointment of Guus Hiddink as manager until the end of the season.

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Hiddink, who replaced the departed Jose Mourinho, returns to Stamford Bridge after taking over from Luis Felipe Scolari in February 2009. Then he guided Chelsea to a third-place finish in the Barclays Premier League, with the loss of just one top-flight match, as well as The 69-year-old Dutchman boasts a glittering managerial record including three Eredivisie titles with PSV Eindhoven, with whom he also won the European Cup.

He has also managed in Turkey, Russia and Spain as well as the Dutch, South Korean, Australian, Russian and Turkish national teams, perhaps most memorably guiding South Korea to third place in the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals.

“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,” read a club statement on chelseafc.com. “Mr Abramovich and the board believe that Guus has what it takes to get the best out of our talented squad.”

Hiddink said he was excited about his return.

“Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the world but is not where it should be at the moment,” he said. “However, I am sure we can all turn this season around.”

The Dutchman will be at Stamford Bridge for the league match with Sunderland but Steve Holland will take control of team matters alongside Eddie Newton, who will take on the role of assistant first-team coach.

Source : Premier League