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Hiddink holding talks with Chelsea

Posted by • December 19, 2015

Managers react to Mourinho sacking By David Ornstein BBC Sport Former Netherlands boss Guus Hiddink is set to become Chelsea’s interim manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho. The 69-year-old Dutchman was at a London hotel on Friday, holding discussions with Blues officials. But he is not expected to be in charge for Saturday’s visit of Sunderland, with Eddie Newton and Steve Holland overseeing the side. Hiddink, who has already had one spell as Chelsea boss, winning the FA Cup in 2009, is yet to sign a contract. The Blues are currently 16th in the Premier League table, just one point above the relegation zone after losing nine of their first 16 games. Mourinho was sacked as manager on Thursday, just seven months after guiding Chelsea to the Premier League title. Hiddink won six Dutch league titles and the European Cup across two spells as PSV Eindhoven manager. He has also coached South Korea, Australia and Russia before leading Chelsea to FA Cup success in 2009. He took over at Stamford Bridge in February 2009, replacing Luiz Felipe Scolari, and shared the role with his job as Russia manager. Since then, he has endured unsuccessful spells as manager of Turkey, Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala and the Netherlands. He stood down as Netherlands boss in June, with their Euro 2016 qualifying hopes already in disarray. The Dutch eventually failed to reach the finals, finishing fourth in their group, behind Czech Republic, Iceland and Turkey. Meanwhile, Chelsea captain John Terry has described Mourinho’s exit after 30 months in charge as a “sad, sad day”. Terry led Chelsea to all three Premier League titles under Mourinho, in addition to an FA Cup and three League Cups. “Going to miss you boss,” Terry wrote on Instagram. “The very best I have ever worked with, unbelievable memories together. Thank you doesn’t seem enough.” Terry was substituted by Mourinho early in the second half of Monday’s defeat by Leicester Terry’s comments contrast sharply with those of Blues technical director Michael Emenalo, In the wake of Mourinho’s sacking, Emenalo talked about a “palpable discord between manager and players”. Cesar Azpilicueta also called Mourinho’s departure a “sad” day. The 26-year-old defender added: “I would publicly like to thank Jose Mourinho for his contribution to this club and for everything he has taught me over the years. “He will always be remembered. Thank you mister.” Analysis – BBC sports reporter David Ornstein “It is understood that Hiddink is looking forward to the challenge at Chelsea, but is acutely aware of the size of the task he faces. “He acknowledges the club are in a completely different position to that when he previously took interim charge in 2009, but is confident he can help turn it around and that the squad of players are more than capable of doing so.” BBC © 2015

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