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Hiddink to coach Chelsea: reports

  • Hiddink to coach Chelsea: reports

Former Socceroos coach Guus Hiddink is set to take over at Chelsea until the end of the season after the English Premier League champions sacked Jose Mourinho on Friday.

Mourinho was axed for the second time by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich just seven months after he guided the west London side to the title following a disastrous campaign that has seen the Blues sink to 16th spot on the table - just a point outside the relegation zone.

His star-studded team have picked up just 15 points from 16 games and lost nine times - their worst start to a top-flight season since 1978-79 when they were relegated.

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Mourinho was also shown the door in 2007 before returning in 2013 following spells with Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

It will be the second time Dutchman Hiddink has taken over at Stamford Bridge on an interim basis after being parachuted into the role in 2009 to replace Brazilian World Cup winner Luis Felipe Scolari.

He enjoyed immediate success in his short reign, leading the team to FA Cup success and the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they lost to a last-gasp away goal to eventual winners Barcelona.

Hiddink is best remembered in Australia as the man who guided the nation to a first World Cup appearance in 32 years when he took the team to the knock-out stage of the 2006 tournament in Germany.

Abramovich has sacked seven full-time managers since taking over the club in 2004.

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