Glenn Hoddle backs Southampton's Koeman for Chelsea job

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Former Chelsea manager Glenn Hoddle believes Southampton boss Ronald Koeman would be the perfect choice to take charge at Stamford Bridge.

Former Chelsea manager Glenn Hoddle believes Southampton boss Ronald Koeman would be the perfect choice to take charge at Stamford Bridge.

Veteran Dutch coach Guus Hiddink is currently interim boss at Chelsea until the end of the season after being drafted in to steady the ship following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December.

Despite remaining unbeaten since his appointment Hiddink is unlikely to be handed the Chelsea job on a permanent basis with the club actively looking for a new boss to take the club forward.

Chelsea have missed out to Premier League rivals Manchester City for Pep Guardiola and a number of names have been linked with taking over from Hiddink next season.

However, Hoddle, who managed Chelsea between 1993-96, feels Chelsea should look at Premier League rivals Southampton for their new manager as he has been impressed by the job done by Koeman at St Mary's.

“Somebody’s got to go in there, they’ve got the talent there, let them play and get them organised a little bit more," Hoddle told BT Sport. "I feel they’re playing a little bit off the cuff. Guus is there for the short-term so he isn’t worried too much about the long-term.

“For me going forward I would definitely look at Koeman who has done a fabulous job at Southampton where he has got the team playing the right way; organised but with the freedom to express themselves. He could do the same for Chelsea.

“What he’s done with those players is absolutely fantastic, particularly last year, but with better players and backing, I think he could take Chelsea on.

“I wouldn’t say it’s an impossible job, with the owner and the size of the club and the new stadium coming. No, it’s an exciting time.

“They’ve had a wobble this season of course but I would say anyone out there worth his salt would want to have the chance of taking over at Chelsea, particularly with that squad.”

Koeman took charge of Southampton in the summer of 2014 and in his first season guided them to a seventh place finish in the Premier League and a place in Europe.

After a sticky spell earlier this season Southampton now sit in seventh spot after three wins in their last four games, including a 1-0 win at Manchester United and a goalless draw at title-chasing Arsenal.

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