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Hiddink braced for Blues farewell


Chelsea players still focused - Hiddink

Chelsea interim coach Guus Hiddink expects he will find it hard to leave the club at the end of the season.

Hiddink, who is also Russia's coach, has turned the club's fortunes around after succeeding Luiz Felipe Scolari on a temporary basis in February.

"It's not easy to say goodbye but let's not be too dramatic," said Hiddink.

"Sadness is not the right word. I'm not going to cry. I don't know my emotions. I have enjoyed very much working at this club, with these players."

I though there was a pre-set mind that the players would be untouchable, but we touched each other

Guus Hiddink

Hiddink will take charge of a Chelsea side at Stamford Bridge for the final time on Sunday against Blackburn and admitted he is likely to return in an unofficial capacity in the future.

"Unofficially, I will keep my connection with the club. By supporting them, by coming to visit every now and then," he said.


The 62-year-old also revealed that he was aware the club were making moves with regard to his successor.

"There are names, but we haven't spoken about names," he said. "It's up to them. It's none of my business.

"They have to go forward and there's no responsibility whatsoever on their side to inform me.

"They are doing so but I don't need to be informed every day. Generally, I know a bit what is going on. I can tell you, but I won't."

Chelsea have suffered only one defeat in 19 games under Hiddink, ensuring Champions League football next year with a top-four Premier League finish.

They could also be the holders of the FA Cup, with Chelsea due to face Everton in the final on 30 May.

Hiddink admitted that he expected his relationship with the players to be a difficult one but that had not been the case.

"To be honest, when I started, I thought I'd have to fight a lot with the status of players," he said. "I though there was a pre-set mind that they would be untouchable, but we touched each other.

"I'm proud of that. Now we split, so there's a feeling of respect. Not regret, but respect."

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