Hiddink – Villas-Boas Needs Time

Guus Hiddink was caretaker manager at Chelsea in 2009 and he led them to FA Cup glory, and he was one of the favourites for the vacant managers job before Andre Villas-Boas was appointed. He has been giving his thoughts on the new manager and his chances of success, but more importantly he feels Villas-Boas needs time to prove himself at his new club.

He has been speaking to the Chelsea Board and owner Roman Abramovich about how important stability is, and he used Manchester United and
Sir Alex Ferguson as an example in how showing patience can lead to success. “I told Roman that and I think they are convinced as well now.”

When asked about his thoughts on the new manager Hiddink said, “ It is a very young age for Villas-Boas to be Chelsea’s manager, but he has already proved at Porto he is good. It depends on the quality of the manager and how he deals with senior players. Age does not have to mean the players consider him as a brother. If they feel he is straightforward and has integrity, he will be fine.”

He also spoke about the decision to sack Carlo Ancelotti just a year after he led Chelsea to the double. “Look at the record of Carlo – he won the double. Of course, if you win the double and you go it is harsh.” He went on to add, “Carlo did well for the last two years but, hopefully, this decision will bring success as well.”

Chelsea fans will hope that their club are challenging on all four fronts this season, and if pre-season is anything to go by it should be a good year, but they must not lose patience if things do not go their way, but perhaps more importantly neither should Roman Abramovich. 

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