Guus Hiddink is “absolutely perfect” to step in as Chelsea’s savior following Jose Mourinho’s sacking, former Blues assistant boss Ray Wilkins said Friday, as reports said the Dutchman was poised to get the job. The 69-year-old is in a London hotel “holding discussions with Blues officials,” the BBC reported.
Hiddink “is yet to sign a contract but is set to become manager on an interim basis,” it said. Sky reported Hiddink was in London “where he is expected to hold talks over the vacant Chelsea job.”
Hiddink played a similar role in 2009, when he was appointed after the dismissal of Luiz Felipe Scolari and steered Chelsea to FA Cup glory.
“As an interim manager, he would love the challenge, I’m sure,” Wilkins, whose most recent stint with Chelsea’s backroom team ended in 2010, told talkSPORT.
“He would be the one person I would say would be absolutely perfect to come in to the end of the season and straighten them out.”
Chelsea’s disastrous start to the season prompted owner Roman Abramovich to end the deal, with the club saying it was “in the best interests of both parties to go our separate ways”.
Nine defeats in 16 games saw the reigning Premier League titleholders drop to within a point of the relegation zone. Emenalo said Chelsea had had to act.
– Players to blame –
Wilkins feels the struggling squad must take their share of responsibility.
“I love Jose and he’s done a fantastic job for Chelsea,” the former England midfielder said. “He’ll go elsewhere and do a wonderful job for someone.”
“I honestly do believe the players need to take a lot of blame for this as well because they really haven’t performed. The only player that’s performed on any sort of consistent level is Willian,” he added.
“With the ball, more often than not there’s no problem. But without the ball they’ve not done half as much as they should have done. They’ve not worked hard enough.”
The Blues take on Sunderland on Saturday and host Watford on Dec. 26.
“There’s got to be six points there,” Wilkins added.
“Sunderland aren’t in the best form, they’re struggling a bit, and to go the Bridge after this has happened is probably the worst place they could possibly go.”