Hiddink: Guardiola would fit in at Chelsea or any club

Date published: Sunday 10th January 2016 9:57

Guus Hiddink: Says Pep Guardiola would fit in at Chelsea

Guus Hiddink does not believe Pep Guardiola’s declaration that he wishes to manage in the Premier League is disrespectful to other managers.

Chelsea are one of the clubs linked with making a move for former Guardiola, who will leave Bayern Munich after three years in charge at the end of this season.

Jose Mourinho left Stamford Bridge last month and Hiddink is an interim appointment as the Blues search for a permanent successor, with Guardiola also reportedly interesting Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal – all of whom have permanent bosses in place.

But Hiddink does not feel Guardiola’s announcement puts additional pressure on Manuel Pellegrini, Louis van Gaal or Arsene Wenger.

“I don’t think he is playing a game putting pressure on which club or which manager,” Hiddink said.

“The managers are used to that as well. I think it is an expression of desire.”

Asked if Guardiola would fit in at Chelsea, Hiddink said: “He would fit in in any big team in the world.”

Hiddink declined to say if he would have a role in recruiting the new man.

He said: “No, we are not talking about this future at this moment. We are focused on what we are doing now.”

Hiddink on Scunthorpe cup tie

The immediate focus for Hiddink is in the FA Cup, a competition he won during his first caretaker spell in 2009.

Chelsea lost to Bradford in the fourth-round of last season’s competition and face League One opposition again when Scunthorpe visit Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Hiddink cannot remember being on the wrong end of a cup giant-killing in his long career.

“Not that I can recall. Not one where I felt embarrassment,” he added.

Hiddink has no doubts his Chelsea players will be motivated for the clash.

“We take it seriously and when we see the intensity and seriousness in training we don’t have doubts about that,” he added.

“They are not going in to this game as if this is a game we have to play. No, they are eager to play.

“But they, and especially the people around me, they have the experience as well.

“(Assistant first-team coach) Steve Holland is doing a great job for the team, for us. He is very aware of not falling into the trap for the second time.”

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