Reuters, Wednesday, February 11, 2009 3 PM
Russia coach Guus Hiddink
has confirmed that he will take over as Chelsea manager until the end of the season, starting next week. "It's never enough time to
prepare a team in one week but this is an exceptional situation," he told the news agency. "Chelsea have good players and they should be in top form and that should make my job easier."
Chelsea confirmed the appointment on its official website. "The club would like to take this opportunity to thank the Russia Football Union for their understanding and cooperation," it
Hiddink, who is reportedly a close friend of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich
, said that he had not signed a contract with the club, and
does not intend to. "I don't have to sign one," he said. "It's not a question of money." Asked if he planned to bring any coaching staff with him to Stamford Bridge, he replied, "Not at this time.
I always want to see the situation in the team myself first before making any changes if they have to be made."
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