Manager Profile - Guus Hiddink




Hiddink To Revive Chelsea 

Personal information
Date of birth: 8 November 1946 (age 69)
Place of birth: Varsseveld, Netherlands
Playing position: Midfielder

Club information

Youth career
SC Varsseveld

Senior career
1967–1970: De Graafschap
1970–1972: PSV Eindhoven 30 Appearances, 1 goal
1972–1977 De Graafschap 130 Appearances, 9 goals 
1977–1981 NEC Nijmegen 104 Appearances, 2 goals 
1978 → Washington Diplomats (loan) 13 Appearances, 4 goals 
1980 → San Jose Earthquakes (loan) 15 Appearances, 0 goals 
1981–1982 De Graafschap 25 Appearances, 0 goals    

Teams managed
1987–1990: PSV Eindhoven
1990–1991: Fenerbah├že
1991–1994: Valencia
1994–1998: Netherlands
1998–1999: Real Madrid
2000: Real Betis
2001–2002: South Korea
2002–2006: PSV Eindhoven
2005–2006: Australia
2006–2010: Russia
2009: Chelsea (interim)
2010–2011: Turkey
2012–2013: Anzhi Makhachkala
2014–2015: Netherlands

Guus Hiddink is set to take over as Chelsea manager until the end of the season. The 69-year-old Dutchman will return to Stamford Bridge for a second spell as interim manager, after Jose Mourinho was sacked last week. The Portuguese was dismissed just seven months after guiding the Blues to the Premier League title - but such had been their fall from grace in the intervening period that his dismissal wasn't a shock. Sitting 16th in the table, the champions have won just four times in their opening 16 matches this term, earning just 15 points. Mourinho's final match in charge - the 2-1 defeat to shock league leaders Leicester City - was his side's NINTH league defeat of a dismal season.

Now Hiddink will return to the club, having proven hugely popular with players, the board and fans during his first spell. The Dutchman arrived in February 2009, following Luiz Felipe Scolari's ill-fated seven month stint in charge. He lost only once in the Premier League, took the side to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League - where they were a matter of minutes away from beating eventual winners Barcelona - and won the FA Cup, beating Everton in the final. Blues skipper John Terry and then-goalkeeper Petr Cech both implored the club's hierarchy to persuade Hiddink to stay on a long-term deal. However, Hiddink had vowed to remain in his role as Russia boss, always stating that his appointment was only for a short period.

Hiddink, who took PSV Eindhoven to six Eredivisie titles and the European Cup in 1998, left his post as Russia coach in 2010, having failed to lead the side to the 2010 World Cup. He quickly pitched up in charge of Turkey, but failed to take them to Euro 2012, beaten by Croatia in the play-offs. A 16-month spell with Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala followed, before he made a surprise return to the international arena with Holland in 2014 - succeeding Louis van Gaal for a second spell with the World Cup semi-finalists. However, after 15 months in the job, Hiddink was fired by the Dutch FA after a miserable start to qualification for the 2016 European Championships, winning just four of his 10 matches in charge. The Oranje failed to recover, finishing fourth in their six-team group. Now, after Mourinho's second spell at Stamford Bridge ended amid in-fighting and disunity, Hiddink will return until the end of the season. His first task will be to reinvigorate a squad that only seven months ago had comfortably finished as champions - but which currently sits just one point above the bottom three. Trophies will also be a target, with their FA Cup campaign getting underway in January and the Blues having advanced to the last 16 of the Champions League, where they will meet Paris Saint-Germain for the third time in as many seasons. 

Across his two spells as The Blues' boss, Mourinho took a very creditable 2.19 points per game from his 212 Premier League matches. There is barely a boss in Premier League history who can match that figure. Well Hiddink can, in fact, he betters it. 2.62 points per game! That is the ridiculous stat from Hiddink's last spell in temporary charge at Stamford Bridge, back in 2009. The former Holland boss won a remarkable 16 of his 22 games in the hotseat, losing just once, and his 73 per cent win ratio remains the best of any manager in Chelsea's history. The memories of his first stint at Chelsea are not forgotten in west London. If he can come close to matching those achievements, the Blues will surely make a speedy recovery.