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Hiddink Is Interim Chelsea Manager

HiddinkGuus Hiddink has been appointed Chelsea manager until the end of the season, the Premier League champions announced on Saturday.

The experienced Dutch coach, 69, succeeds Jose Mourinho, who was sacked on Thursday, and returns to a role he previously performed in 2009, when he led Chelsea to glory in the FA Cup.

“I am excited to return to Stamford Bridge,” Hiddink said in a statement on the Chelsea website.

“Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the world, but is not where it should be at the moment. However, I am sure we can all turn this season around.

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“I am looking forward to working with the players and staff at this great club and especially renewing my wonderful relationship with the Chelsea fans.”

Chelsea said Hiddink would attend their game against Sunderland on Saturday, but that first-team coach Steve Holland would take charge of the team.

“I am excited to return to Stamford Bridge,” Hiddink said in a statement on the Chelsea website.

“Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the world, but is not where it should be at the moment. However, I am sure we can all turn this season around.

“I am looking forward to working with the players and staff at this great club and especially renewing my wonderful relationship with the Chelsea fans.”

Chelsea said Hiddink would attend their game against Sunderland on Saturday, but that first-team coach Steve Holland would take charge of the team.

Mourinho, Chelsea’s most successful manager, was sacked by the west Londoners for the second time after a run of nine defeats in 16 games saw the champions slump to within a point of the Premier League relegation zone.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich previously turned to Hiddink in February 2009 after sacking Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Hiddink steered the club to a third-place finish in the league, the Champions League semi-finals and an FA Cup final win over Everton. Abramovich has backed him to have a similar impact this time around.

“The owner and the board welcome back a coach with a wealth of top-level experience and success, including his previous spell with the club in 2009 when we lifted the FA Cup,” Chelsea said in a statement.

“Mr Abramovich and the board believe that Guus has what it takes to get the best out of our talented squad.”

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