Latest reports from Stamford Bridge indicate that Chelsea negotiators are currently in talk with Guus Hiddink in London over the vacant managerial job.
Although the Blues issued a statement earlier on Friday that Assistant Manager, Steve Hollande would take charge of Chelsea’s Premier League game against Sunderland on Saturday, Hiddink will likely resume duties as soon as possible if negotiations goes smoothly.
The Dutch tactician took charge of Chelsea in 2009 and guided the team to an FA Cup title before the arrival of the Portuguese coach, Andre Villas Boas (AVB).
Hiddink, who left his role as Netherlands manager during their ill-fated European qualifying campaign, was immediately installed as the book markers’ favourite to take over from departing Mourinho.
Indications that Hiddink was on his way to a second stop-gap spell at Stamford Bridge emerged on Friday when his former employers at Australian Football Federation tweeted their support for his Chelsea appointment on social media, before swiftly taking it down.
“Our former boss has taken charge at @ChelseaFC – Good luck Guus!” The official Socceroos Twitter feed announced briefly before being deleted.
A similar statement posted on the website also read: “Guus Hiddink has taken temporary charge at struggling EPL giant Chelsea after the club announced they’d sacked coach Jose Mourinho overnight following the club’s disastrous run in the English Premier League.”
The article was later updated to say that Hiddink “is the leading candidate to become interim manager” of the Blues.
The well-travelled Dutchman managed Australia at the 2006 World Cup, helping the team reach the second round.
By Olisemeka Obeche