After defining themselves as the strongest side in England throughout the course of last season, no one quite foresaw just how badly the results were set to turn for Chelsea this term, or the extent in which things would suddenly change at Stamford Bridge in such a short period of time.
Jose Mourinho has been given the boot from his once untouchable position within the Blues dug-out, several high profile players are yet to turn up for Chelsea in what has been a rather dreadful season for the club so far, and as the Stamford Bridge hierarchy are yet to find a permanent successor for the not-so ‘Special One’ next term, everything remians up in the air for the Premier League title holders.
However, as this isn’t the first time Guus Hiddink has been sworn in to amend the situation down in west London of course, should Chelsea actually consider offering the veteran Dutch tactician a permanent role at Stamford Bridge for good this summer?
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Even though the Blues are yet to reassert their dominance back in the top-flight under the distinctly composed management style of their newly installed boss this term, Chelsea do in-fact seem to be displaying far more togetherness and team spirit out on the pitch with Hiddink firmly at the helm.
The 69-year-old has defined himself as one of the most experienced managerial candidates out there after almost a three decades spent in top level dug-outs all across Europe, as well as on the international scene as well. The former PSV, Real Madrid and Netherlands coach has simply been there and done it all before, which is exactly the kind of personality Chelsea require in this somewhat turbulent stage in their recent history.
The temperamental likes of Diego Costa and co. could never get the better of a man like Guus Hiddink, regardless of how controversial – and often problematic – such players invariably prove out on the field.
Whilst the Blues hierarchy have been known to push the boat out for illustrious big name managers in the past, such a tactic seemingly won’t serve this time around if Chelsea fail to qualify for the Champions League next season. Although most of the Stamford Bridge faithful would love Europe’s latest managerial hotshot to step in and save the day for the Blues, Jose Mourinho’s former outfit arguably need to land someone with prior links to the club and an awareness of what the fans really expect.
Guus Hiddink would therefore potentially represent the glaringly obvious choice. Although the man in question has often distanced himself with a permanent role at Stamford Bridge, surely Roman Abramovich could provide enough resources to ultimately convince his current manager to settle down with a more long-term plan in mind for Chelsea.
Yet even though such an outcome could possibly work out for the Blues, it remains hard to imagine Hiddink sticking it out at Chelsea after the season eventually comes to an end. The struggling Premier League side will arguably want to source themselves a far more grandeur personality.
And as the current Blues boss isn’t exactly operating within the prime years of his managerial career anymore, perhaps such an outcome admittedly makes sense in the end. Hiddink remains a suitable option for the club to fall back on right now, but he arguably lacks the long-term desire to truly make a meaningful name for himself in the Premier League.
Chelsea will most likely look to part ways with Hiddink once more at the end of the season, but does that mean the Stamford Bridge hierarchy will ultimately be making the right decision?