Guus Hiddink, the vastly experienced coach, could be set for a return to reigning Premier League champions Chelsea.
The much-travelled Dutchman is rumoured to be ready to re-join Roman Abramovich, the club’s owner, at Stamford Bridge this summer.
Hiddink filled the role of manager two years ago for a four month period, following the disastrous reign of Luiz Felipe Scolari, and lead the Blues to FA Cup success.
Carlo Ancelotti, the Champions League-winning former AC Milan boss, is the current manager, but his position has been the subject of much conjecture, with speculation mounting that he is likely to leave the club this summer. Yet, irregardless of Ancelotti’s future, Hiddink has stated on numerous occasions that he doesn’t wish to return to day-to-day club management.
However, the 64-year-old may be more inclined to take up the position of Director of Football, due to be vacated by his compatriot Frank Arnesen this summer, with Arnesen set to move to Bundesliga outfit Hamburg.
Hiddink is a long-time friend of Roman Abramovich, who has made no secret of his desire to work with the former South Korea, Russia and PSV Eindhoven coach at some point in the future. Furthermore, Hiddink is known to be greatly respected amongst the Chelsea playing staff, for the way he transformed a disappointing season into FA Cup victory.
Hiddink is currently in the employ of the Turkish FA as their national team manager, but he has revealed that he may be ready to quit after a poor start to Euro 2012 qualifying.
A disappointing campaign so far has left Turkey trailing both Germany and Austria in Group A, and Hiddink is ready to hand in his resignation in June, if he can’t steer the side to victories against both Austria and Belgium.
“I’m trying to make a better Turkish national team,” said Hiddink.
“If I can’t do that, I’ll ask the chairman to sack me. Six points from these two games is vital.
“If we don’t get that I can offer my resignation to the chairman and then it’s up to him. It will mean that I am not a successful manager.”