Chelsea appoint Jose Mourinho replacement

first_imgChelsea have appointed Guus Hiddink as their manager until the end of the season. The Dutchman, who previously took temporary charge to help them win the FA Cup in 2009, has been brought in to replace Jose Mourinho, who left the club on Thursday. Hiddink proved to be a popular figure in his short time in charge at Stamford Bridge, in a role he balanced while in charge of the Russian national team. Hiddink, 69, whose last post was as Holland coach, said on the club’s official website: “I am excited to return to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the world but is not where it should be at the moment. However, I am sure we can all turn this season around.”He added: ‘I am looking forward to working with the players and staff at this great club and especially renewing my wonderful relationship with the Chelsea fans.”Hiddink is at Stamford Bridge for Saturday’s match with Sunderland but Mourinho’s number two Steve Holland will take control of the team alongside Eddie Newton, who is now assistant first-team coach.Hiddink previously took temporary charge of Chelsea in February 2009 and guided the Blues to FA Cup success at Wembley.Chelsea’s announcement came hot on the heels of Mourinho revealing he is already looking for a route back into management. 1 Guus Hiddink last_img

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