2.10.2009

Guus Hiddink: Not the Answer for Chelsea


Chelsea fired Luiz Felipe Scolari on Monday after a string of underachievement for the West Londoners. After barely qualifying passed the group stage in the Champions League, faltering against the other big English clubs, and drawing against dismal teams like Southend in the FA Cup, and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, change was needed.

Scolari vowed to bring Brazilian grace, and joga bonito to Stamford Bridge, but drastically failed.

So in the time following the sacking of Scolari, Guus Hiddink has been bantered about, given the Russian connection with owner Roman Abramovich.

Much like Scolari, Hiddink has been a national team specialist of late, leading South Korea in the 2002 World Cup, Australia in 2006, and Russia in last year's Euros.

Despite his ability to take undersized, and over matched squads farther than expected like South Korea and Russia, he has never worked with top flight talent. While coaching at the club level with PSV Eindhoven between the last two World Cups, he won in a second tier league.

To succeed with a team like Chelsea, Hiddink will have to adapt to having the likes of world class footballers like Michael Essien and Petr Cech on his team, and he is placed in a similr predicament as Scolari and Avram Grant.

Scolari came in with the experience of coaching the world's best players (Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo), and he still failed. Abramovich cannot depend on Hiddink to right the ship if Scolari could not. He must look to a world class club manager to fill the void at the Bridge, a guy like Frank Rijkaard or Carlo Ancelotti is a must.

Photo: The Daily Mail

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