Guus Hiddink Coy On Chelsea Returnby Jack Kitson / 18 November 2011, 10:07Tweet
Guus Hiddink's recent decision to step down as manager of the Turkey national team has sparked several rumours that he is set for a sensational return to former club Chelsea. Hiddink decided to leave Turkey on Wednesday after failing to guide them to Euro 2012 following a 3-0 aggregate to Croatia in the play offs. He remains a close confidant to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and is rumoured to be weighing up an offer to return to the club in some capacity.
Hiddink managed the Blues between February and May 2009, leading them to FA Cup glory. He is a hugely popular figure at Stamford Bridge and it is no secret that Abramovich is a big admirer. The Dutchman was reportedly Abramovich's number one target in the summer after the club sacked Carlo Ancelotti but despite being the odds-on favourite to join the club he remained loyal to Turkey. The 65-year-old insists that he will now take his time before deciding on his next career move but has admitted that he had a wonderful time while at Chelsea. Meanwhile, Hiddink has reportedly already received a world-record salary offer to join the ambitious Russian big-spenders Anzhi Makhachkala.
As for Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas he has had his odds trimmed in the last few weeks from 40/1 to 20/1 in the Next Premier League Manager To Be Sacked Betting. The 34-year-old has endured a rocky ride recently, as two defeats in Chelsea's last three league matches has seen them drop nine points behind league leaders Manchester City. Furthermore the on-going John Terry racism row has been an unwanted distraction and £50m striker Fernando Torres has still yet to rediscover the form that made him such a lethal player at Liverpool.
Chelsea face a difficult match at home to Liverpool on Sunday, which is live on Sky Sports 1 at 4pm. Their last home fixture was a stunning 5-3 defeat to Arsenal and they will be desperate to bounce back from that painful result. Liverpool beat Chelsea both home and away last season and have won five of the last 10 league meetings between the sides. However, Chelsea are the 4/5 favourite to win the match, while Liverpool represent good value at 7/2, with a draw available at 5/2. Paddy Power are offering a cracking money-back special whereby if Fernando Torres scores a goal at anytime in the match then they will refund all losing first/last goalscorer, correct score & scorecast singles on the match.
All odds provided by Paddy Power.