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Saturday, 19 December 2015

Guus Hiddink Appointed Interim Manager of Chelsea for Second Time

Kandywandy - 16:36:00



After the departure of the "Special One" comes Chelsea's latest iteration of the "Interim One."
Guus Hiddink has been appointed temporary boss of the struggling English soccer champion for the
second time following Jose Mourinho's sacking on Thursday.
"I am excited to return to Stamford Bridge," Hiddink was quoted as saying in a statement on Chelsea's website. "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."
The veteran Dutchman filled in as manager between February and June 2009 after the Blues parted company with Luiz Felipe Scolari midway through another unsatisfactory season.
Hiddink led the London side to a UEFA Champions League semifinal, losing on away goals to Pep Guardiola's treble-winning Barcelona team, before securing FA Cup success over Everton in his last match in charge.
He was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti shortly after.
In a trophy-laden managerial career that has stretched over four decades, the 69-year-old has also won four Dutch titles and the European Cup (the forerunner to the Champions League) with PSV Eindhoven, and the UEFA Intercontinental Cup during a short at the helm of Spanish giant Real Madrid.
Hiddink guided his country to the semifinals of the 1998 World Cup in France, and repeated that feat at the 2002 World Cup with unheralded co-host South Korea.
He has also coached the national teams of Russia, Australia and Turkey, but his second stint with the Netherlands was cut short in June 2015 after a poor start to the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
The tag of the "Interim One" was first used by Chelsea fans to pejoratively describe Rafael Benitez during his temporary stint in charge between November 2012 and June 2013.
However, Hiddink was a far more popular figure during his time at Stamford Bridge.

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