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Hiddink puts reputation on line

Guus Hiddink

If Guus Hiddink's CV is anything to go by then Chelsea have got themselves one hell of a manager.

CVs can be deceptive though and are by no means a guarantee success will be achieved - just ask Luiz Felipe Scolari.

But it is hard to argue against Hiddink's record that includes the European Cup, the World Club Cup, six league championships and three domestic cup final victories.

Hiddink is highly respected in his native Netherlands, where he helped PSV Eindhoven punch above their weight, while his record in international management is equally impressive.

He took Netherlands to the quarter-finals in Euro 96 and the semi-finals of the 1998 World Cup, though on both occasions the Dutch went out on penalties.

Archive - Hiddink talks to Football Focus in 2007

Perhaps even more impressive was his stint as manager of South Korea when the World Cup minnows reached the semi-finals of the 2002 tournament.

Four years later, Hiddink, while coaching PSV at the same time, took Australia to their first World Cup for 32 years, where they reached the last 16, before going out to Italy.

More recently, Russia reached the semi-finals of Euro 2008 under Hiddink's guidance.

HIDDINK'S MANAGERIAL CAREER
Guus Hiddink
1982-84: De Graafschap
1984-87: PSV Eindhoven (assistant)
1987-90: PSV Eindhoven
1990-91: Fenerbahce
1991-94: Valencia
1995-98: Holland
1998-99: Real Madrid
1999-00: Real Betis
2000-02: South Korea
2002-06: PSV Eindhoven
2005-06: Australia
2006-Present: Russia
Present: Chelsea

Importantly for Chelsea, Hiddink already enjoys a close relationship with owner Roman Abramovich, who has been paying his salary as Russia coach.

Abramovich tried to tempt Hiddink to Stamford Bridge once before, in 2007, when Jose Mourinho left the club. Then Hiddink said no, but Abramovich finally has his man.

"Abramovich does so much for Russian football that I wanted to do something back," said Hiddink.

One of Hiddink's strengths is his willingness to make bold tactical changes as England found to their cost in a Euro 2008 qualifier when the Dutchman's introduction of Dmitry Torbinsky and Roman Pavlyuchenko changed the game, with the latter going on to score twice in Russia's 2-1 win over Steve McClaren's side.

"The most important thing is, he never panics," said PSV football manager Stan Valckx.

But it is his man-management skills that are most likely to be in demand when Hiddink finally arrives at Stamford Bridge with captain John Terry hinting that some players had not been fully supportive of Scolari.

Throughout the Dutchman's managerial career he has had to deal with plenty of big egos - just ask Edgar Davids, who was ejected from the Netherlands' Euro 96 squad, with Hiddink believing team unity was being fatally disrupted.

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"Hiddink is one of the most respected managers in the world. He has done extremely well in the last couple of years," Artur Numan, who played under Hiddink for the Dutch, told BBC Sport.

"Hiddink knows exactly what's going on in the dressing room. That's his big quality and why he has been so successful in all the different countries in which he has worked.

"The pressure will be on him and everybody will expect him to do well, but his quality is his man-management."

Manchester City defender Michael Ball played under Hiddink at PSV in 2005 and he warned the Chelsea players that Hiddink can crack the whip if necessary.

HIDDINK'S MANAGERIAL HONOURS
Guus Hiddink
PSV Eindhoven: 6 League Championships - (1986-87, 87-88, 88-89, 02-03, 04-05, 05-06)
PSV Eindhoven: 3 National Cups - (1998, 89, 90, 05)
PSV Eindhoven: 1 European Cup - (1988)
Real Madrid: World Club Cup - (1998)
Holland: Quarter-finals (Euro 1996), semi-finals (World Cup 1998)
South Korea: Semi-finals (World Cup 20002)
Australia: Second-round (World Cup 2006)
Russia: Semi-finals (Euro 2008

"He commands respect and is very determined," said Ball.

"He can get angry, but is always prepared to listen. Training sessions are long as he focuses on the same things but he always makes sense."

And former Chelsea midfielder Pat Nevin is certain that Chelsea have made a shrewd appointment.

"He is a fantastic manager and this is what Chelsea should have done all along," said Nevin.

"He's got flamboyance that can get the best out of players.

"He is a special coach and I rate him as one of the best two or three on the planet."

Four months may be a relatively short period of time in football, but you can be sure that by the time Hiddink's time as Chelsea manager is over, the Dutchman will have more than made his mark.

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see also
Chelsea confirm Hiddink as coach
11 Feb 09 |  Chelsea
Reaction to Scolari sacking
09 Feb 09 |  Football
Hiddink dismisses Blues job link
01 Jun 08 |  Chelsea
Hiddink found guilty of tax fraud
27 Feb 07 |  Internationals
Russia make Hiddink appointment
12 Apr 06 |  Internationals
Hiddink praises Socceroos' spirit
22 Jun 06 |  Australia
Hiddink ruled out of England race
09 Apr 06 |  Internationals


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