It didn't take long for Chelsea to find their new head coach after the departure of Jose Mourinho. The new man is an experienced hand, but can he save the club from a poor season in the Premier League?
announced the appointment of Guus Hiddink as their head coach 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," a club statement said.
The experienced Dutch coach, 69, returns to a role he previously held in 2009, when he led Chelsea to a third-place finish in the league, the Champions League semi-finals and glory in the FA Cup after taking over from Luiz Felipe Scolari.
"I am excited to return to Stamford Bridge," Hiddink said in a statement on the Chelsea website. "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."
Chelsea said Hiddink would attend their game against Sunderland on Saturday, but that first-team coach Steve Holland would take charge of the team.
Mourinho, Chelsea's most successful manager, was sacked by the west Londoners for the second time after a run of nine defeats in 16 games saw the champions slump to within a point of the Premier League relegation zone.
jh/apc (AFP, dpa)