Having stemmed the flow of defeats since his arrival, Guus Hiddink seems to be bringing the good times back to Stamford Bridge. As a result, it would prove spectacularly harsh if the club didn’t, at the very least, consider him to become permanent manager.
In two spells in west London, the Dutchman has proven a force to be reckoned with in the dugout. Although far from an A-list manager, his unparalleled footballing nous has seen fantastic results sprout from his time in England.
Roman Abramovich’s decision to bring Hiddink back has proven a fantastic call from an often-erratic figurehead. For once, the Russian was calculated in his move and the club is reaping the rewards already.
Currently unbeaten, Hiddink has pulled the plug on the chain of losses that epitomised Jose Mourinho’s start to the campaign. The ex-Netherlands manager has quite simply put the brakes on Chelsea’s domestic nosedive.
Despite this, the 69-year-old is far from considered one of the candidates to assume the role permanently in the summer.
Albeit Hiddink’s superb record at Stamford Bridge, Abramovich is likely to embark on a spot of pre-season managerial window-shopping.
Of course the prospect of Pep Guardiola or Diego Simeone is tantalising, but it would be cruel to dismiss Hiddink when he has been so successful.
The Dutchman’s record speaks for itself. Over the course of two tenures at Chelsea, he has only lost a single game out of 29 and secured the FA Cup in 2009.
Neither Guardiola nor Simeone have managed in the Premier League before, so although they possess prominent reputations, they may prove an unknown quantity in English football.
In a time where the ravaged squad needs nurturing, Chelsea should play safely as opposed to taking a gamble on a manager simply because they’re a ‘big name’. Even Jurgen Klopp has warned Guardiola over the dog-eat-dog environment of the Premier League.
On the contrary, Hiddink has displayed his ability to muster results in the world’s most merciless league competition over two spells.
On both occasions the 69-year-old has been handed the reins at the club, he has defied the odds with his ability to resurrect squads emaciated of confidence. Besides, why annul all his hard work by being stubborn over only handing him an interim role?
The Dutchman may be old and there me be more appetising offers on the table but in a results-based business, it’s hard to look past Hiddink and his seemingly impregnable record in west London.