By DOYIN YUSUF
Jose Mourinho replacement, Guss Hiddink arrives London to manage Chelsea through troubling times for London club.
The 69-year-old, who impressed during a similar role at the club back in 2009, has arrived in London following Jose Mourinho’s dismissal from his role at the west London club.
Hiddink is expected to lead the club until the end of the season as the club’s No 1 target – Diego Simeone – is out of reach until at least the summer.
The Dutchman, speaking to press, has confirmed he will open negotiations with Chelsea’s top brass.
‘I want as much information as possible. Chelsea are in a bad situation and there are reason for that.
‘I want to gain some good insights on that before I make my decision,
‘Whether or not I’m visiting their next match depends on my first conversation. Then I’ll decide if I should stay in London longer.’
A glum-looking John Terry was among the players who were pictured arriving at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground on Friday morning, a day after Jose Mourinho was sensationally sacked by the club.
The Chelsea captain looked saddened as he made his way to the training facility in Surrey ahead of his side’s home match against Sunderland on Saturday.
Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic were also snapped as they turned up the day after the big news was broken.
Cesc Fabregas was driven into Chelsea’s training complex in leafy Surrey after being hit with a six-month driving ban back in October.
Terry was among the Chelsea players who paid tribute to the Portuguese tactician by posting an emotional message on Instagram along with a picture with his arm around Mourinho before making his way to Cobham.
He wrote on the social media website: ‘Thank You doesn’t seem enough. Sad sad day. Gonna miss you Boss. The Very Best I have EVER worked with, unbelievable memories together #boss #friend #specialone #bestever @chelseafc.’
Terry’s fellow defender Cesar Azpilicueta also said it was a ‘sad day’ for everyone concerned with the west London outfit after Mourinho left the club for a second time.
The full back said: ‘Today is a sad day. I would publicly like to thank Jose Mourinho for his contribution to this club and for everything he has taught me over the years.
‘I want to wish him all the best for the future. With him we have achieved very important titles and memories for the fans that will remain in the history of Chelsea forever. He will always be remembered. Thank you mister.’
Cesc Fabregas, who joined Chelsea at the beginning of last season, sent his former boss a ‘good luck’ message.
He said on Twitter: ‘Thank you for all you have done for me. I owe you a lot and we will all miss you. Good luck in the future.’