Thursday 22 February 2018

Rene Meulensteen believes Guus Hiddink can turn Chelsea around

Guus Hiddink is set for another interim manager stint at Chelsea
Guus Hiddink is set for another interim manager stint at Chelsea

One of Guus Hiddink's former assistants Rene Meulensteen believes the Dutchman brings a safe pair of hands to Stamford Bridge.

Hiddink is expected to be appointed interim manager until the end of the season after the departure of Jose Mourinho.

After the apparent upheaval behind the scenes - Chelsea's technical director Michael Emenalo cited "palpable discord" between the manager and the players - under the Portuguese, Meulensteen believes Hiddink will calm troubled waters.

"Guus has always been a modern-thinking coach but at the end of the day you still deal with humans and that is one of his biggest assets - he gets the noses of everyone in the room pointing in the same direction," Meulensteen, who briefly worked with Hiddink at Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013, told BBC Radio Five Live.

"It was a short-lived period with him at Anzhi but it was time well spent.

"I am sure he will do well for Chelsea because he will be a safe pair of hands."

Former Chelsea assistant Ray Wilkins also backed Hiddink, who is set to return to Stamford Bridge for a second stint as interim manager after replacing Luiz Felipe Scolari in 2009, to be a success.

"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," he told talkSPORT.

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