Interim Chelsea boss shows why he should get permanent job

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Chelsea are still on the look out for their next permanent boss, with Antonio Conte, Max Allegri and Diego Simeone seen as the most likely candidates to take the Stamford Bridge hot seat.

However, the best possible option has been under their nose the whole time.

Guus Hiddink is the 20/1 outsider to get given the job after his interim spell is over, but the experienced manager has a clear plan of what the Blues need to do and the experience to help them succeed.

Speaking ahead of the FA Cup tie with Manchester City, Hiddink said: “It’s not a small job. Everyone, in terms of the weakness of the squad, must react accordingly to make the squad stronger next season — that’s not a small job.

“If you see the potential of those clubs (Barcelona, Real and Bayern), it’s huge. To be honest PSG have a very strong team, they can (pick from) 15, 16 or 17 international players.

“We had youngsters on the bench against PSG. I am not scared to bring them in, but in the long run you need a very experienced bench.

“I am here in the interim period, but the people who are here every day, every week and stuff, have the longer vision of what is needed. They are in charge so that they can do that.”

Clearly the 69-year-old has a well thought out plan of what the Blues should do to reestablish themselves at the top of Premier League and European football.

His advancing years may prevent him from wanting to commit to the Londoners long term, but Roman Abramovich needs to do everything in his power to make sure the Dutch manager sign on a permanent basis.

Furthermore, the results that Chelsea have managed since Jose Mourinho departed show that Hiddink can get the best out of the side and why he would be a wise appointment moving forward.

Under the interim boss, the Blues have only lost once in their last 12 games, their last outing against Paris Saint-Germain, and in their five wins they have scored 16 goals while only conceding two.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.