helsea have appointed Guus Hiddink to replace Jose Mourinho on a short-term basis following the latter’s sacking, issuing a statement confirming the news on Saturday.
The Dutchman, who previously took control of the Blues in 2009 on an interim basis, will be in the stands when the club take on Sunderland on Saturday, and his first game in charge will come against Watford on Boxing Day.
The Dutchman has been appointed to replace Jose Mourinho and the Blues have explained their reasoning for recruiting the former Russia manager for the second time
Read Chelsea’s statement, in full, on Hiddink below:
“Chelsea Football Club can confirm Guus Hiddink has been appointed first-team manager until the end of the season.
“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.
“Guus 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 will be at Stamford Bridge for today’s match but Steve Holland will take control of team matters for the game alongside Eddie Newton, who will now take on the role of assistant first-team coach.