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Hiddink just confirmed on Dutch radio station 538 that he's gonna be the new trainer of Chelsea. He's not gonna get paid for it... he said he's gonna do it for free in return of all the good things Abramovic did for the Russian national team.

Hiddink said he's gonna stay at Chelsea to the end of the season.

Hiddink: "There are 2 scenerios. Either i go back to the east at the end of the season. Or they say stay at Chelsea but that wouldn't be an ideal situation.

Hope i translated this good, my english isn't that well.

Original article is here: http://www.telegraaf.nl/telesport/voetbal/...is__.html?p=1,2

Ps. you are some lucky bar stewards that the best trainer in the world is comming to chelsea ;)

Edit: wtf, bar stewards? i said baztards :lol:

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Val. your chance to shine ;)

Don't I always :lol: ?

The translation is pretty accurate. In addition to what Yazoola mentioned, the article also says that Hiddink expects to fly into London one of these days (apparently from Turkey, where the Russian national team will play a friendly this week). He will probably take charge in the course of next week (i.e. he won't be there for the Watford match).

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"Then there are two scenarios: it goes bad and they say 'go back east' or

it goes well, but I'm not thinking that far ahead."

.... does that mean if he enjoys being here, and we enjoy having him, he'll stay!? Seems like win/win to me, very short contract so, a bit like the Quaresma deal, we really have nothing to lose on this.

If he works out, then great, if he doesn't, then good bye.

Seems like a top bloke and no doubt a fantastic manager, I can't wait personally, here we go! Just in time for the Villa and Juve games too.

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Even if Hiddink is gonna win every game untill the end of the season he will not stay at Chelsea. If he would stay that would mean he has to quit his job at the Russian National team, you can't run a Premier League team and a National team at once. He did it before with PSV and Australia but i think PSV is something else then a big club as Chelsea. Hiddink is like a God in Russia after what he did at the last EC2008, if Abromovich lets Hiddink go to Chelsea and quit his job at the Russian team i think Abramovich has to hire some more bodyguards. A few months ago there was a documentary on dutch national tv about Hiddink were they followed him a couple of days, Hiddink is like a God in Russia, they never let him go, and if they do, Abramovich has a big problem in Russia i think.

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Even if Hiddink is gonna win every game untill the end of the season he will not stay at Chelsea. If he would stay that would mean he has to quit his job at the Russian National team, you can't run a Premier League team and a National team at once. He did it before with PSV and Australia but i think PSV is something else then a big club as Chelsea. Hiddink is like a God in Russia after what he did at the last EC2008, if Abromovich lets Hiddink go to Chelsea and quit his job at the Russian team i think Abramovich has to hire some more bodyguards. A few months ago there was a documentary on dutch national tv about Hiddink were they followed him a couple of days, Hiddink is like a God in Russia, they never let him go, and if they do, Abramovich has a big problem in Russia i think.

He is also god in South Korea.

The thing about Hiddink is that he is a great coach and seems to be a likeable person but his ability to 'pick' a job that he knows where is possible to succeed. He wouldn't want to coach Chelsea in long-term because of our ageing squad and the other hand you can't over achieve in Chelsea. If you win the treble it was expected. Can't do miracles here, really.

Coming to Chelsea now and stating 'I will do it for free' means he lowers the expectations and the 'win-lose' situation turns to 'win-win' for Chelsea.

In S.Korea and with Russia now Hiddink has a large pool of young and up-coming players who are about to hit their peak and teams who have not had success in the recent past. There is that possibility to make the 'american dream' or go 'from rags to riches'. Possibility is the key word.

Hiddink is a smart man and a great coach. Hope he does well here. My wish is that we reach FA-cup final and beat ManU there. Would leave a good aftertaste from this season.

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Well ant is absolutely buzzing at chelsea getting gus hiddink

he is a proven coach with russia and other clubs he has managed.

i also reckon we will start to play football like chelsea did when jose was here.

got my fingers crossed for a man united slip up :D :D

very very exciting times woooooop !!!

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Welcome Guus.

All in all I'm pretty happy with the appointment. He's got the experience both at international and club level and I've read some good things about his man management skills, which is something he will have to put to good use if you believe what the papers have been saying.

Maybe if he does a good enough job he can be persuaded to stay on for a while longer, but we'll just have to wait and see.

At this moment in time I'll take qualification for the Champions League and maybe a decent cup run. Hiddink does have a record of taking underachieving sides far, and while we're not totally underachieving at the moment, there's no doubt there's room for improvement.

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Good appointment and im feeling positive he can rescue our season. Needs to get off to a good start though .

Long term if he succeeds then i expect Roman to make it a full time position.

The negative , if he falls flat on his arse , it'll be interesting to see how it affects the relationship with R.A.

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Welcome Guus.

All in all I'm pretty happy with the appointment. He's got the experience both at international and club level and I've read some good things about his man management skills, which is something he will have to put to good use if you believe what the papers have been saying.

Maybe if he does a good enough job he can be persuaded to stay on for a while longer, but we'll just have to wait and see.

At this moment in time I'll take qualification for the Champions League and maybe a decent cup run. Hiddink does have a record of taking underachieving sides far, and while we're not totally underachieving at the moment, there's no doubt there's room for improvement.

Agree with all of that, Alan, but there is one downside for me and you have touched upon it with that middle line...

Get Watford out of the way and then one whole week for Hiddink to teach us how to play Total Football before the Villa game comes along. Guus has already had a lifetime of experiences in football and virtually all of them have been under the banner originally unfurled by Rinus Michels, but none will match up to going head to head with the burgeoning managerial status of Martin O’Neill. I sense that Scolari’s scalp would have been there for the taking whereas now the Irishman is faced with a totally different adversary, totally football-wise, and the good news is that he will have as much time to prepare as JT and Co have got to take in the new ideas.

As anyone who saw the 1974 World Cup Finals will know, Total Football is about as good as it gets. No Premiership side, including Le Arse, would be able to live with us, if we ended up playing it anywhere near as well as Rinus Michels team did back in the Seventies. The old Dutch Master’s definition of the art, goes as follows:-

"'Total Football and its attacking pressure are very spectacular. It places great demands on individual and team tactical excellence…an absolute prerequisite, to master such a team tactical aspect, is that all the players possess a positive mentality, including the substitutes."

Team tactical excellence, eh? Think you find might pretty much a blank canvas to work with there at the moment, Guus, although I suppose that in itself could be a help, as the only tactical preconception you are likely to come across is the players’ deep-seated knowledge of the 4-1-4-1 formation, which will no doubt appear to you to be bordering on the obsessive. Another word to the wise for you - in recent months, whenever two central strikers were on the pitch at the same time, the formation always morphed into a 4-3-3 with one of those said strikers going our wide and generally moaning about it, either during or after the event. Not good in terms of positive mentality on the pitch, I’m sure you’ll agree, but I can almost guarantee you a fair few young substitutes anxious to rectify that situation given half a chance, or half a game, as opposed to the half a minute they have become accustomed to.

And thereby hangs the tale because, on a more serious note, overjoyed as I am at Hiddink’s arrival, these nightmarish recollections do go some way towards highlighting my only worry about trying to replicate the whole Total Football concept under his guidance. Logic suggests that it simply cannot be achieved within the time span allocated and, once the wheels are set in motion, the hope has to be that Total Football for Chelsea takes on runaway train impetus rather than ending in a shunt into the sidings a few months down the line. I’ve welcomed Roman’s relatively prompt action in dealing with a potential crisis, but he is being criticised in the Media for his decision making on the hoof and this will be regarded as another fine [mess] example of it should Hiddink be the success we all hope he will be only for him to return to Russia at the end of the season.

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Let me be the first to say

GUUUUUUUUUSSSSSSS!

:D that felt good. This was the guy I wanted from the summer, and though it looks only temporary I am glad we have got him now. Hopefully his sterling record in cups brings us some silverware. Also, I hope his committment to fitness and dicipline, as well as the 'team before player' ethos the aussies here were talking about brings about the right attitude in the team.

Also, I love the hope and positivity this has given us all. Results are not in yet, obviously, but I hope the team feel the same excitement among their ranks

did i see hes doing it for nothing? surely not, though if he does then he will go right up in my estimations.

seriously. i saw the figure of a possible 2.1 million quoted by the rags, but if he is doing it for free, what a pimp. Im sure any trophy he might deliver will translate to Roman getting him a customized Maybach at the end of the year as a little sweetner.

oh, and welcome to the forum to ant and yazoo :D

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good news. I dont know why we have to wait until after Watford for him to take the reigns. I know contracts have to be sorted out and all, but to me, Watford is the fryingpan in which he has to learn before the fire of Villa and Juve

he is currently away with the Russian national team, he wouldn't be in or around the club til Friday, it's not fair on him, the backroom staff (if we have any left) or the players for him to have less than a day to prepare for a match.

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he is currently away with the Russian national team, he wouldn't be in or around the club til Friday, it's not fair on him, the backroom staff (if we have any left) or the players for him to have less than a day to prepare for a match.

ahh, that makes sense then, cant believe i forgot about the internationals. You are right its not fair. Thanks for clearing that up

Hopefully he at least gets to watch the Watford game and begins to pick up on whats going wrong

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Good temporary deal but even if all goes well for him for the rest of the season I can't see him quiting the Russian team before the 2010 world cup finals and I don't think he could continue with both jobs.

With the moral of the team and our recent downward slide I not pinning much hope on Guus turning us around that much and bringing us home silverware. I think that's too much of an ask.

I'd be happy with at least 4th in prem and a decent cup run, anything else wound be a bonus for me.

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Good temporary deal but even if all goes well for him for the rest of the season I can't see him quiting the Russian team before the 2010 world cup finals and I don't think he could continue with both jobs.

With the moral of the team and our recent downward slide I not pinning much hope on Guus turning us around that much and bringing us home silverware. I think that's too much of an ask.

I'd be happy with at least 4th in prem and a decent cup run, anything else wound be a bonus for me.

Hey goose did you realise Hiddinks nickname is "The Goose", but we all know theirs only One goose. :(

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I'm genuinely delighted to hear we've got the goose in charge but we all have to realise it is only until the end of the season. Even if he performs a miracle and sweeps up all the trophies on offer it won't change the fact he won't be our manager next season however it does seem pretty damned certain that Ancelotti will be installed in the driving seat during the summer especially as AC Milan have confirmed he is leaving them at the end of this season. Maybe Roman did do a smart deal by letting them have Sheva back for a song after all if getting Ancelotti was part of the deal.

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