Hiddink looking for ‘insight’ after confirming Chelsea talks

Date published: Friday 18th December 2015 1:24

Guus Hiddink: Dutchman appointed

Guus Hiddink has confirmed he is holding talks with Chelsea over a second stint as interim manager at Stamford Bridge.

The 69-year-old Dutch boss arrived in London on Friday to meet with Chelsea chiefs over a short-term role to replace Jose Mourinho.

Hiddink told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf he would listen to Chelsea’s proposals before deciding whether to return to the club he coached to the FA Cup title in 2009.

“I want to get some good insight before I make my decision,” said Hiddink.


Mourinho left his Chelsea post on Thursday, just seven months after guiding the Blues to the Premier League title but after suffering nine defeats in 16 league matches this term.

Hiddink would appear to be Chelsea’s preferred caretaker appointment while the likes of Pep Guardiola, Diego Simeone and Antonio Conte are reported to be potential long-term successors to Mourinho.

Hiddink pledged to hear Chelsea’s offer in full before deciding whether to accept the challenge, suggesting first team coach Steve Holland could take charge of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Sunderland at Stamford Bridge.

“I want as much information as possible,” said Hiddink.

Chelsea are in a bad situation and there are reasons for that.

“Whether or not I’m visiting their next match depends on my first conversation.

“Then I’ll decide if I should stay in London longer.”

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