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Hiddink the perfect choice for Chelsea

Posted by hakanrylander on February 11, 2009

We might as well admit it. One of our main rivals, Chelsea, have gotten themselves a great manager. It’s only part-time and only for the rest of the season, but given the circumstances I still think Roman Abramovich has made a perfect choice by appointing Guus Hiddink.

His career has many high points such as winning the European Cup as well as three successive Dutch championships with PSV.  He took both Holland and South Korea to the semi-finals of the World Cup, and came close to beating Italy with an unfancied Australian side in the World Cup 2006. On the other hand he has also been sacked quite quickly at Real Madrid, Real Betis and Fenerbache.

Park Ji-Sung is one of his many admirers among former players. Park played under Hiddink for both South Korea and PSV and says “I owe him everything and I won’t be able to repay it in my lifetime”. Hiddink is widely acknowledged as one of the best man-managers around (look out for an upturn in the form of Didier Drogba!).

And on top of all that he knows how to play attractive attacking football. Let’s hope he isn’t too successful this time.

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4 Responses to “Hiddink the perfect choice for Chelsea”

  1. The Gaffer said

    He is a great manager no doubt. The fact that he has managed so many clubs and led them to stages that they never though they’d reach is just unbelievable!

    He would have been one of the stronger candidates for the United job once Sir Alex calls it quits.

  2. hakanrylander said

    He would have been an excellent candidate to succeed Sir Alex, but for his age. At 62 he probably wouldn’t be the long-term solution that I prefer.

  3. Some of us would like him to stay for a longer period at Chelsea, mainly to keep them away from our “Mister” Zola.
    What do you think is the odds on that?

  4. hakanrylander said

    If Hiddink is successful during the next few months I’m quite sure that Abramovich will twist a few arms in Russia (and maybe Guus’ too) to try to make Hiddink stay for next season and beyond.

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