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Sky Sources understand that Guus Hiddink and Avram Grant are the only names on Chelsea's shortlist to replace Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Russia head coach Hiddink has been mooted as a potential target, but the Blues could struggle to land his services after his agent claimed the Dutchman would turn down any approach to take over as manager at Stamford Bridge.

Grant, meanwhile, has been strongly linked with a return to West London, with reports suggesting he could be identified as a short-term solution before the club look for a permanent successor in the summer.

Sky Sports News understands that Chelsea are expected to make a decision over their new manager in the next 24 hours, ahead of Saturday's FA Cup fifth round tie at Watford.

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11095_4910117,00.html

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Jesus I hope not. I felt sorry for the guy when he left, but he really would be very spineless to go back and help out the club who treated him pretty damn badly not 8 months ago, only to be 'sacked' (because you know that's how it would be spun by the media) again in the summer when we appoint a long-term solution.

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if its between avram and guss then and at the moment they are the only 2 options

then i'm going for grant, until the end of the season, apart from 3 players he knows the squad and how they operate, and in all honesty he didnt do that bad last season

fair enough we all called for him to be hung from the shed end wall on quite a few occasions last season, but thinking about it he really didnt do that much wrong apart from replace jose

better the devil you know and all that

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if its between avram and guss then and at the moment they are the only 2 options

then i'm going for grant, until the end of the season, apart from 3 players he knows the squad and how they operate, and in all honesty he didnt do that bad last season

fair enough we all called for him to be hung from the shed end wall on quite a few occasions last season, but thinking about it he really didnt do that much wrong apart from replace jose

better the devil you know and all that

fair points all. but considering this is a man we sacked, going back to him will make us a laughing stock.

and grant without clarke, terrifies me.

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Ive always found Grant a decent man and it would be very unfair on him to be given the job of saving our season considering were not in the same position we were when he previously took over. When things go wrong , he'll be slated by the fans and i dont think he deserves that.

F.R. is interested so i cant see any reason for the club not to use that option.

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fair points all. but considering this is a man we sacked, going back to him will make us a laughing stock.

and grant without clarke, terrifies me.

Good point, people who say Grunt didn't do so bad affer Jose left forget that he had Clarkey there with him and now he won't. The Avi/Butch combo should scare you I know it does me. Hell let Paul Clement take over for 3 months.

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http://uk.reuters.com/article/footballNews...0090210?rpc=401

BELEK, Turkey, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Russia coach Guus Hiddink is in talks with Chelsea over taking over as manager after the Premier League club sacked Luiz Felipe Scolari, he told Reuters on Tuesday.

Hiddink said he was approached by the Premier League club to coach the team until the end of the season after Scolari was sacked on Monday.

"I must say that this is an exceptional situation. If it was any other club aside from Chelsea my answer would be a straight 'No'," he said.

"But Chelsea is different because I have good relations with the (club) owner. So I would like to help them in this situation if I could."

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It's all over the news now. BBC/SKY etc.

Have'nt put this in the rumours section, as Hiddink himself has confirmed the contact from Chelsea, and says that he would be willing to take over until the end of the season.

Not a bad person to try and steady the ship. I hope he comes, and does the business.

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To be honest, although it seems that this is the only option, im not happy with an 'interim' manager whoever it is.

It brings yet more uncertainty to the club, and i think will make it hard for the players to stay fully focussed and motivated, as the ambiguity over who will be in charge next season will remain. I think unless it becomes clear pretty quickly that the new man is doing a good job and will most likely be retained for next year and beyond, we will see some of the older players think about calling it a day (which might not be a bad thing) but also some of the youngsters tempted by a move to somewhere that is less of a basketcase and where the man who buys them will be the man who will actually be managing their continued development.

I can imagine it would be a bit demoralising for a young player to work hard and find their way into the new manager's good books and first 11, only to be told that a new guy is coming in a few months later and that they will have to do this all over again, with the added competition of the new players that this man will bring with him.

This is going to be so, so tricky to manage correctly, and given our boardroom are a complete bunch of incompetent pr*cks, I have little confidence they will succeed.

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it's funny- was one of my first choices after jose, and again after grant- he's a wonderful coach... has been suggested that initially it would only be till the end of the season, but he's great. might be difficult to change again in summer- I hope we get him and he stays.

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CHELSEA GIVEN OKAY FOR HIDDINK TALKS

Posted on: Tue 10 Feb 2009

Chelsea Football Club can confirm we have officially approached the Russian Football Union (RFU) for permission to speak to Guus Hiddink to become the club's temporary coach until the end of the season while continuing to be in charge of the Russian national team.

That permission has been granted and Chelsea would like to thank the RFU for their co-operation.

From the official site

Well, a temporary coach is going to mean more uncertainity and clearly underlining the fact that this club has no long-term plans.

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