Have Chelsea made a fatal error in not appointing Guus Hiddink?

Edam chomping clog wearing Russia coach Guus Hiddink not only has his own brand of pizza, he’s very close mates with Roman Abramovich. It’s also a well reported fact that Roman pays his wages for Russia, and that he has been asked to take over at Chelsea at very least once in the past.

Perhaps Chelsea should have worked harder to get their man, because as Hiddink works wonders with Russia at Euro 2008, Scolari just seems to be providing quotes on Manchester United’s Ronaldo.

The Dutchman has had an outstanding track record, previously with South Korea and Australia in the past two World Cup campaigns and now with Russia. He wasn’t too shabby with PSV Eindhoven either. At Euro 2008 he’s taken a very average team (who were beaten 3-0 by England!) and transformed them into world beaters. Their football is played the right way and Spain will not be looking forward to meeting them in the semi finals.

This new success combined with Hiddink’s relationship with Abramovich will undoubtedly unnerve Scolari who hasn’t even begun his new job yet. Hiddink, said: “Abramovich has created a massive football academy here (in Russia). But he told me that Russia has not played a significant role in football for 10 years. He asked me if I could give him a helping hand. He was here the other day. He and I talked for a while about a number of things. He stays in the background and he is not pushy with things. I get on with him very well.” Good English there Guus. Another reason why perhaps Chelsea should have waited until after Euro 2008 before picking the new manager.

No matter how well Scolari does you have to wonder if Hiddink will be lurking in the back ground to add pressure to everything he does (kind of like Shearer at Newcastle). Things like this article certainly won’t help. I probably shouldn’t have written it should I?