It is February 2009 and Luiz Felipe Scolari has just been relieved of his managerial post at Chelsea Football Club. After a quick caretaker role for Ray Wilkins, Guus Hiddink joins the club and becomes the manager.
He leads the squad to a third-place finish in the league. Wins the FA Cup and takes us to the semi-finals of the Champions League along the way. He helped the club gain momentum for the next manager, Carlo Ancelotti.
In the 2009-10 season, Ancelotti led the club to the league and FA Cup double. The team was set for success after being rejuvenated by Hiddink. The Dutchman brought stability at a time where the club was starting to split and set them up for a stable future. Sound familiar?
In this current season, Jose Mourinho came off the back of a title-winning season and had a torrid first few months. The club decided it was in the team’s best interests to let him go.
Although many can argue it was a huge mistake, the short-term future of the club was chosen over the long term by the board. Hiddink was brought in again to help rebuild the club this season. Once again he has been successful. Being unbeaten in nine games, the players are regaining form. This leaves the club looking for a new manager in the summer.
Chelsea already have a clear answer to their worries. Hiddink should be asked to continue in his role at the club. His calm and experienced approach has worked wonders at the club and is very valuable at this point in time. Keeping Hiddink is the smartest option as his win percentage says enough, 73% in his first stint and five wins, four draws since taking over.
The future shall not lay with Hiddink however. It is well known that Chelsea have had John Terry obtain his coaching badges. Didier Drogba has been approached to help assist Hiddink in his attempts to reignite Chelsea. It only makes sense to allow for Hiddink to stay on and bring these two legends, as well as Frank Lampard, in as coaches-to-be in a Ryan Giggs like role.
Chelsea should mirror what Manchester United are doing with Giggs, with their old guard. Bring them in and allow them to run the club, as they have done for the better part of a decade.
Leadership, passion, and dedication would come back to the club. Terry, Lampard, and Drogba have played under some of the best coaches in the world and under Hiddink they would be able to become world class coaches. From players to managers at the club they love.