Guus Hiddink confirms he has decided to take the Chelsea job

The Dutchman expects to be in charge for the Aston Villa match

Guus Hiddink

Russia coach Guus Hiddink is almost certain to take over as Chelsea manager until the end of the season after telling Dutch radio station 538: ”Within a few days I will go to London. I expect to be on the pitch next week.”

In an interesting development, Hiddink is the 11/8 favourite with SkyBet to take charge permanently in the summer despite pledging to stay with Russia until the World Cup. Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti is 7/2 with Gianfranco Zola (5/1), Frank Rijkaard (7/1) and Jose Mourinho (8/1) all close behind.

UPDATE: Chelsea have confirmed Guus Hiddink’s appointment.

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