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Published: 02:35 | 21/12/15

Chelsea appoint Guus Hiddink as interim boss


Chelsea have appointed Guus Hiddink as manager until the end of the season following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

The 69-year-old returns to Stamford Bridge for a second spell, after also taking over as interim manager in February 2009 following the sacking of Luis Felipe Scolari, leading the Blues to FA Cup success three months later.

However, the Dutchman’s career has been on a downward spiral since, with unsuccessful spells with Turkey and the Netherlands, and 18 months at Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia.

Hiddink is attending Saturday’s Premier League match against Sunderland but Steve Holland and Eddie Newton will take control of team matters for the game.

“I am excited to return to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the world but is not where it should be at the moment,” Hiddink told Chelsea’s official website.

“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.”

Mourinho was sacked on Thursday with the club 16th in the Premier League table after nine defeats from 16 matches, just one point above the relegation zone.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck says the club “agonised” before terminating the Portuguese’s contract just six months he led the Blues to the Premier League title.

“I can assure you it was not a decision we took lightly,” Buck wrotein his programme notes for Saturday’s match against Sunderland. “Nor was it a spur-of-the-moment decision – Mr Abramovich and the Board anguished over it for some time.”

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