GUUS HIDDINK SPEAKS: "MEASURES NEED TO BE TAKEN!"
As you would have seen at the weekend, Guus Hiddink was first appointed as Chelsea's new interim manager until the end of the season,...
As you would have seen at the weekend, Guus Hiddink was first appointed as Chelsea's new interim manager until the end of the season, then he sat and watched Chelsea beat Sunderland 3-1. He has now given his view on Chelsea.
"It was important for me that I could have one-on-ones with a number of people. There is a lot of work to be done for the near future.
The team is not in a great state, the squad is ready for rebuilding. So in this coming period it is also about working towards the future.
I need to have a complete review and insight into the club and once I have that, measures need to be taken.”
Very interesting from the Dutchman making his return to the club. One thing I will say before anything else is that despite our lowly league position, he walks into a squad that is superior to the one he worked with when he first came in a few years ago.
It's clear that there was some sort of un-rest as Michael Emanalo spoke of "palpable discord" within the squad. Hiddink has said that it was important that he could meet the players and talk with them face-to-face after the game but not all of them, that will happen later this morning. His comment stating that there is alot of work to be done in the near future is in relation to what he has probably heard from the Chelsea hierarchy.
I also like the fact that he has openly said that the squad is ready for rebuilding. To me, that's a clear message to the players who have under performed so far this year. Hiddink will not accept anything less than playing to their individual levels and will demand that from day one.
It's what he says in the final part of his quote that everyone will be looking to. Stating that once he has a complete review and understanding of what is going on, measures will be taken could see people being sold off as early as January!
One thing is for sure, the players have put us in this position and it's up to them to now get us out of it. They will be given a choice to either shape up and accept the demands of the new manager or to leave!
We have an interesting week ahead!