Chelsea confirm Hiddink appointment

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Chelsea have appointed Guus Hiddink as their coach until the end of the season, the Premier League club said Wednesday.

He replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari, who was sacked on Monday after seven months as manager.

Hiddink will combine his domestic duties at Chelsea with his current job as coach of the Russian national side. The Dutchman has done the same in the past when taking charge of both PSV Eindhoven and Australia.

A statement released by Chelsea read: "Chelsea FC is delighted to confirm Guus Hiddink will become temporary coach until the end of the season.

"He is due to meet the players later this week. The club would like to take this opportunity to thank the Russian Football Union for their co-operation and understanding."

Hiddink will watch Saturday's FA Cup tie with Watford, with next weekend's trip to Aston Villa his first game in charge of the club.

He said: "I will go to London. I expect to be there on the field next week.

"(Roman) Abramovich did so much for Russian football that I wanted to do something back.

"It's never enough time to prepare a team in one week but this is an exceptional situation.

"Chelsea have good players and they should be in top form and that should make my job easier."

Hiddink insists he has not decided if he will stay at Stamford Bridge beyond the end of the season.

He added: "There are two scenarios: it goes bad and they say 'go back east' or it goes well but I'm not thinking that far ahead."

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