Chelsea managerial target Guus Hiddink has given the biggest hint yet that he is interested in occupying the vacant hot seat at Chelsea, after revealing his desire to return to club management.
Currently the national team manager of Turkey, Hiddink previously held the caretaker manager's role at Chelsea in 2009 combining it with the Russian manager's role. Chelsea's season had threatened to become their worst when the Luiz Felipe Scolari led side looked likely to miss out on the Champions League spot. However, Hiddink successfully rescued the Blues' season, while also guiding them to FA Cup glory.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich sacked Carlo Ancelotti after the Italian failed to win a trophy in his second season at the club, having won the double in his first. Hiddink is believed to Abramovich's preferred choice to lead the club in revolution.
Hiddink will hope his Turkey side can perform in a decisive Euro 2012 qualifying match against Belgium on Friday. The outcome of the tie could be the decisive factor in whether Hiddink continues in his role or not. However, even if he does stay at Turkey, it looks likely that he'll combine his role with Chelsea.
I feel energetic, so a club role is more preferable - and that's what I like, working every day, he said. I feel I need to do more. I've trained Australia and PSV at the same time, as well as Russia and Chelsea, and I was very happy. We'll see what happens with Turkey.
There is no official offer yet, but I can't guarantee anything. I haven't told the (Turkish Football Federation) chairman what I thought yet, but he's an intelligent man. I am sure he follows the world media.
I never told anybody I was going to continue working here. The team is focused on me - I would affect the team negatively if I answered the speculation.
Hiddink has been an unofficial advisor to Abramovich since 2009, after leaving his manager's role at Stamford Bridge.