Anzhi’s exit from the Europa League at the hands of Newcastle could release Guus Hiddink to become Chelsea boss again this summer.
Anzhi are a side that have made no secret over their wealth and the fact they are willing to pay the best wages, to attract the best players.
They seem to have a plan of spend, spend and spend some more in the hope that sooner or later they are going to win something. What that does is creates pressure on any manager, who could face the axe for bad results.
Guus Hiddink is the current boss and there are two main reasons he could leave the Russian giants this summer. Firstly, the side has just been knocked out of the Europa League and secondly, they are only second in the Russian domestic league.
That is very good news for Chelsea if they were thinking of going after their once temporary manager, to offer him a second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge.
Would he be the first choice of many fans? Probably not, but he’d certainly be a more popular appointment than current interim boss Rafa Benitez who has made it clear that he will be leaving after May.
Hiddink has already hinted that he is not planning to spend a long amount of time at Anzhi, which means he could be tempted into a return to Chelsea if the offer is right and if it’s made at the right time.
The last time he managed Chelsea, he was appointed in February, whereas this time he’d more than likely be appointed in the summer, which would give him a transfer window and a full pre-season to work with the team.
The only danger with this possible deal is the fact that Hiddink may be seeking a little bit of longevity. He’s managed Turkey and Anzhi since he was at Chelsea in 2009 and he seems to be in a habit of turning over clubs at the moment.
Chelsea is a club where he will be axed if he doesn’t produce the goods on a constant basis. He also has to toe the line of the owner, who he already has the experience of working with.
Several managers seem to have been scared off by the way that Roman Abramovich behaves because he did sack Roberto Di Matteo shortly after he won the Champions League and the FA Cup.
Will Hiddink go back there? It’s possible. Will he want to go back there? Certainly, but under the right circumstances and will he be given a chance to shine there? Don’t count on it.
Chelsea fans, would you be happy or angry with a Hiddink return?
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