Saturday 18 November 2017

Hiddink: Chelsea must act swiftly

Guus Hiddink (PA)
Guus Hiddink (PA)

Jamie Holland

Guus Hiddink wants Chelsea to secure their next permanent manager swiftly and believes transparency surrounding the appointment would benefit the club.

The 69-year-old Dutchman arrived in December to succeed Jose Mourinho until the end of the season, but while he has overseen a significant improvement and only one defeat, he has expressed no desire to extend his reign.

Antonio Conte is reportedly in talks over the permanent position and is expected to leave his role as Italy manager after Euro 2016. And while others are also said to be under consideration for one of the highest-paid coaching roles in football, Hiddink is keen for the matter to be concluded.

"I am in favour," he said when asked if he would prefer a quick appointment. "But it's a personal opinion that when things are done you make it transparent.

"I'm not involved in this so that's all you can get from me on this issue. Of course, this club is searching now among experienced managers they like and there are a lot. It's up to them to make up their mind and make the decisions. I'm just there to prepare for the next game."

Hiddink remains without captain John Terry, plus Kurt Zouma, Alexandre Pato and Radamel Falcao for today's visit to Southampton.

Hiddink said of Terry: "He will not be fit. He's doing his exercise in the gym but he's not fit. You want to be careful with this type of injury, with the tendon or hamstring.

"I'm in favour of waiting for the player and everyone to say he's OK and wait three days more."

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