Interim Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has urged the club to swiftly confirm their next managerial appointment, according to the Evening Standard.
Rumours and reports that Chelsea are close to confirming Antonio Conte have surfaced again this week after representatives of the two parties met and held positive talks.
However, according to the Evening Standard, Chelsea want to wait until after their Champions League second leg match against PSG to announce a new manager. The club wants to avoid distracting players before their crunch fixture with the French champions, who take a 2-1 lead to Stamford Bridge in just over a weeks time.
Hiddink has said he does not know who is going to take his job at the end of the season but wants the situation resolved as soon as possible. Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday, the Dutchman said:
I’m always in favour when things are done to make it transparent. Of course this club is searching now. They like experienced managers and there are a lot. It’s up to them to make up their mind, to make their decisions.
Conte is currently in charge of the Italian national side, but his contract ends after Euro 2016, and he is planning to leave the job whether Chelsea appoint him or not.
Prior to taking the Italy job, Conte won three Serie A titles with Juventus during his three years with the club. However, he has never managed outside Italy, and coming to England would prove a tough challenge for the 46-year-old.
Current Chelsea boss, Hiddink is preparing his side ahead of their visit to Southampton, hoping to pick up three vital points that would help the Blues climb back up the table.