After sacking Jose Mourinho earlier in the week, Chelsea has appointed Guus Hiddink as the new manager for the remainder of the season.
Chelsea has been struggling in the league, heading into Matchday 17 in 16th place with nine losses already and a mere 15 points. That was part of why Mourinho was let go, despite reaching the Round of 16 in the Champions League. The club released the following statement on Saturday:
“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.”
Hiddink, 69, left the Dutch national team in the summer after a poor run in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
“I am excited to return to Stamford Bridge,” Hiddink said in the statement released by the club. “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.”