After it’s a case of no way Jose, Guus who’s back at Chelsea?

GUUS Hiddink was given an engraved watch by the Chelsea players that read "please don't go" when he finished his three-month stint as interim manager in 2009.

That time he had to put the team back together after a tumultuous period under Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari.

The man who took the Socceroos to the knockout stage of the 2006 World Cup worked another miracle at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea suffered just one defeat in Hiddink's 23 games in charge, the Dutchman guiding the club to FA Cup success against Everton at Wembley in his final game before returning to his job as Russian national coach.

Now 69, the man known as "Lucky Guus" has been called on for a second time by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in the wake of the board's decision to dump Jose Mourinho.

Just four months after signing a four-year contract, the Portuguese was shown the door as manager, as he was in 2007 when his first stint ended equally abruptly.

With last year's champions sitting just one point above the relegation zone this time around, the decision was probably inevitable, made more so after he accused his players of betraying him following the 2-1 loss to Leicester City earlier this week.

The club's technical director, Michael Emenalo, said the players had not demanded Mourinho's sacking, but admitted there was "palpable discord between manager and players".

With the self-proclaimed "Special One" now gone, Emenalo said it was up to the team to step up.

"The players have a responsibility to go out and prove everybody wrong and show a commitment to the decision that has been made to try and get the club up the league table," he said.

That opportunity will come when the Blues host Sunderland early tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile, the team that inflicted the fatal blow on Mourinho's time at Chelsea, Leicester City, can guarantee top spot on the Premier League table with an away win against Everton.

If they can claim a seventh win from their past eight games, the Foxes would lead the standings at Christmas, something surely no one would have thought possible at the start of the season.

That achievement would be a good omen for the rest of their campaign, with five of the past six teams that led the way at Christmas going on to win the title.



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