Guus Hiddink has been 'confirmed' as Chelsea's new interim manager by his former employers, the Australian Football Association.

Hiddink is expected to succeed Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, yet the Socceroos appear to know something that everybody else does not.

A statement on their website read: ​"Guus Hiddink has taken temporary charge at struggling EPL giant Chelsea after the club announced they'd sacked coach Jose Mourinho overnight following the club's disastrous run in the English Premier League."

Meanwhile, the Socceroos' official Twitter account posted: "Our former boss has taken charge at ChelseaFC - Good luck Guus!"


Hiddink, who led Australia to the second round of the 2006 World Cup, won the FA Cup during a previous spell as Chelsea caretaker boss six-and-a-half years ago - having replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari in February.

The 69-year-old has struggled since then though, failing to guide Turkey and Holland to the 2012 and 2016 European Championships and resigning from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala - where he briefly managed Blues winger Willian - in between.

Former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman, who played under Hiddink at PSV Eindhoven, told Croatian newspaper, Index: "I do not know if it is officially confirmed, whether the club has announced it, but Guus told me earlier.

"I am convinced that with him Chelsea will recover. I would even say they are one of the favourites for the Champions League."

The Blues will face Paris Saint-Germain for the third year running in Europe's premier club competition, but are currently 16th in England's top flight - a point above the relegation places.

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