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5. Guus Hiddink (February 2009- May 2009)

Hiddink Chelsea manager

Guus Hiddink was brought in to steer a free falling Chelsea side that just could not adapt to manager Luis Felipe Scolari’s methods. People questioned the logic of bringing in a new manager at a time when the transfer window was already over, and he couldn’t make any signings to strengthen the squad. Also, Hiddink was already the national team manager of Russia and was only here on a temporary basis, because of his personal friendship with Roman Abramovich.

Scolari had fallen out with the senior Chelsea players, and with important Champions League ties looming, the first thing Hiddink did as Chelsea manager was to take players such as Frank Lampard, John Terry and Didier Drogba into confidence.

He managed to mould the team into one cohesive unit, and results followed. Chelsea, who had fallen miles off runaway leaders Man United’s pace, managed to close to gap but ended up finishing an agonizing 3rd in the Premier League. They won the FA Cup, and managed to reach the Champions League semi-finals, where only a last gasp Andres Iniesta goal prevented them from reaching the final, losing to Barcelona on away goals rule.

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