Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink is glad to be able to welcome Roman Abramovich to the club’s training ground in a time of stability.
Hiddink’s weekly media briefing ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at MK Dons was witnessed by Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck.
And Abramovich has been a regular visitor to the Blues’ Surrey training base since December’s departure of Jose Mourinho.
Hiddink has overseen a seven-match unbeaten run – Chelsea are eight undefeated since Mourinho’s departure – including last week’s win at Arsenal, which was a high amid a season of strife for the dethroned Premier League champions.
“Normally when big bosses come to the training ground, then it’s a bad message,” Hiddink said.
“They go there to punish or whatever. Every now and again, that happens in the past.
“But I’ve also invited my bosses – although they have the right to step in any minute – to come.
“Normally they say ‘we don’t want to bother, we don’t want to come’.
“But I say ‘no, it’s your club, feel welcome to come to training’.
“That doesn’t mean you don’t make big decisions every now and again, but I like them to feel welcome not just in the official receptions, before or after games.
“I’m happy when they don’t have always these bad messages or decisions to make.”