Guus Hiddink has always seemed the number one choice of Chelsea since they sacked Carlo Ancelotti and it now appears that they are on the brink of landing their man.
Hiddink has been backed from 4/6 to 1/5 to be the next Chelsea manager in the matter of minutes after BBC reports indicated that he is to step down as manager of the Turkish national team.
A source from the Turkish Football Federation told the BBC: “[Hiddink] can’t say no to Chelsea, we believe he wants to leave. Chelsea is too good an offer to turn down and the Federation understands this.
“Hiddink feels he still has a job to do there, he wants to work every day, and win Championships and maybe the Champions League. We will understand that he has coached his last Turkey game as long as Chelsea pay the compensation.”
Hiddink would leave Turkey in a reasonable position to qualify for Euro 2012 after overseeing a draw with Belgium over the weekend, which puts them third in Group A and one point off a play-off place with a game in hand.
Another reason for his suspected exit is that Mahmut Ozgener, a Turkish federation chief, is expected to be replaced at the presidential elections later this month and he was someone that was influential in Hiddink previously taking the post.
It is believed that Chelsea are yet to make an official approach for Hiddink, but it is extremely likely that one will be made this week.
Once this is cleared up then all that will be left is for Hiddink to negotiate a deal with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, which should prove little problem.
Hiddink is already appreciated by the Chelsea fans after bringing the FA Cup to Stamford Bridge when in temporary charge for three months at the end of the 2009 season after the club had fired Luiz Felipe Scolari.