London - Guus Hiddink is "absolutely perfect" to step in as Chelsea's saviour
following Jose Mourinho's sacking, former Blues assistant boss Ray
Wilkins said on Friday, as reports said the Dutchman was poised to get the
The 69-year-old is in a London hotel "holding discussions with Blues officials," the BBC reported.
Hiddink "is yet to sign a contract but is set to become manager on an interim basis," it said.
Sky reported Hiddink was in London "where he is expected to hold talks over the vacant Chelsea job".
Hiddink played a similar role in 2009, when he was appointed after
the dismissal of Luiz Felipe Scolari and steered Chelsea to FA Cup
"As an interim manager, he would love the challenge, I'm sure,"
Wilkins, whose most recent stint with Chelsea's backroom team ended in
2010, told talkSPORT.
"He would be the one person I would say would be absolutely perfect
to come in to the end of the season and straighten them out."
Mourinho's tumultuous second spell at Chelsea ended on Thursday "by
mutual consent", with the club's technical director Michael Emenalo
revealing that squad disharmony was a significant factor.
Chelsea's disastrous start to the season prompted owner Roman
Abramovich to end the deal, with the club saying it was "in the best
interests of both parties to go our separate ways".
Nine defeats in 16 games saw the reigning Premier League titleholders
drop to within a point of the relegation zone. Emenalo said Chelsea had
had to act.
Wilkins feels the struggling squad must take their share of responsibility.
"I love Jose and he's done a fantastic job for Chelsea," the former
England midfielder said. "He'll go elsewhere and do a wonderful job for
"I honestly do believe the players need to take a lot of blame for
this as well because they really haven't performed. The only player
that's performed on any sort of consistent level is Willian," he added.
"With the ball, more often than not there's no problem. But without
the ball they've not done half as much as they should have done. They've
not worked hard enough."
The Blues take on Sunderland on Saturday and host Watford on December 26.
"There's got to be six points there," Wilkins added.
"Sunderland aren't in the best form, they're struggling a bit, and to
go the Bridge after this has happened is probably the worst place they
could possibly go."
While Hiddink could fill the gap in the Chelsea dugout in the short
term, permanent options include longstanding target Pep Guardiola,
Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone, Italy coach Antonio Conte, and
ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti.
"The club is working vigorously and actively to make sure that the
situation with regards to a managerial appointment is taken care of as
soon as possible," Emenalo said.
Former England captain and Chelsea defender John Terry took to
Instagram to express his thanks and regret after Mourinho's Stamford
Bridge exit, posting a photo of he and the former manager embracing.
"Thank you doesn't seem enough. Sad sad day," posted Terry.
"Gonna miss you Boss. The very best I have EVER worked with, unbelievable memories together."
Hull City boss Steve Bruce said he was saddened by Mourinho's
departure and believes the former Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid
coach should have been given more time.
"What chance have we got, if people like Mourinho are getting sacked?" he said.
Chelsea said that Mourinho "will always remain a much-loved,
respected and significant figure at Chelsea" and "will always be warmly
welcomed back to Stamford Bridge".