Guus Hiddink arrives in London to take over as Chelsea manager
By Editor Wayne Veysey
Guus Hiddink has arrived in London to take over as the new Chelsea manager.
The Dutchman was photographed at Heathrow Airport on Friday morning as he landed in the capital to put the finishing touches to his new Chelsea deal.
As reported by Football Insider on Thursday, Hiddink is set to be appointed Chelsea manager until the end of the season.
The Dutchman, 69, will take over from Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge in his second spell as caretaker manager of the club.
Hiddink, who was sacked by Holland in June after a disastrous start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign from which they failed to recover, admitted he was set for talks with the Chelsea hierarchy but gave little away about further plans.
“I want to get some good insight before I make my decision,” he told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. “I want as much information as possible. 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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Hiddink is set to watch from the stands on Saturday as Chelsea host Sunderland at Stamford Bridge, with long-standing Blues coach Steve Holland expected to select and lead the team.
The Dutchman rejoins the London club with Chelsea marooned in 16th place just a point above the relegation zone and 20 points behind Premier League leaders Leicester.
Hiddink won an FA Cup with Chelsea in 2009 when he combined the role with the Russia manager’s job following the dismissal of Luiz Felipe Scolari in the February of that year.
The Dutchman proved popular among the players and was considered for the post permanently but his position with Russia made that impossible.