Chelsea have appointed Guus Hiddink as interim manager until the end of the season. The Dutchman has replaced Jose Mourinho, who was sacked by the club on Thursday.

Hiddink has previously taken control of the Blues in similar circumstances in 2009. In his last spell, the 69-year-old won the FA Cup after replacing Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Hiddink was pictured on his way to London this morning and the appointment comes as no great surprise. Chelsea are currently 16th in the Premier League and are only one point off the relegation zone.

They have lost nine of their opening 16 matches and find themselves 14 points off the top four. However, they finished top of their Champions League group and Hiddink will face Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16 of the competition.

Since 2009, Hiddink has endured unsuccessful spells as manager of Turkey, Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala and the Netherlands. He failed to qualify for Euro 2012 with Turkey, while his spell with Holland eventually saw them miss out on qualification for Euro 2016.

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Simon Phillips – News Editor – @cfcneteditor


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