Chelsea FC have today announced the signing of Guus Hiddink as the club’s first team manager till the end of the season.
The Dutchman will take charge of the Blues on a short-term basis for the second time in his career. He last managed the club following the disastrous spell of Luiz Felipe Scolari in 2009. In his first spell, he led the team to the semi-finals of the Champions League and also won the FA Cup.
This time, he is given the responsibility of succeeding club’s most successful manager Jose Mourinho and lead the club away from the relegation zone.
The club’s official statement reads: “The owner and the Board welcome back a coach with a wealth of top-level experience and success, including his previous spell with the club in 2009 when we lifted the FA Cup. Mr Abramovich and the Board believe that Guus has what it takes to get the best out of our talented squad.”
Meanwhile, Hiddink said: “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. 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.”
The Dutchman has already identified his first transfer targets following his appointment at Stamford Bridge. The Sun reports that Hiddink has identified Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and West Brom’s Sadio Berahino as transfer targets in the January Transfer window.
Hiddink’s priority would be to sign a new striker at Stamford Bridge, as none of the club’s strikers have been in form this season. Diego Costa has failed to repeat the exploits of last season, and Lois Remy and Radamel Falcao’s contributions have been negligent this season.
Remy and Falcao are both set to depart from Chelsea in January, and Hiddink wants Vardy and Berahino as their replacements.
However, it won’t be an easy job to convince table toppers Leicester City to sell their star striker in the middle of the season. Berahino tough would be an easier option as West Brom would be willing to sell their forward for the right price.