Guus Hiddink welcomes Chelsea’s decision to appoint Antonio Conte

Guus Hiddink Chelsea Manager January 2016

Interim Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink says the Club’s decision to appoint Antonio Conte as the next substantive coach was a good one because of the Blues high ambitions.

Chelsea were in search of permanent coach after Jose Mourinho was shown the exit door in December last year, however, despite Guus Hiddink’s brilliant tenure domestically, the Dutchman was not ready for long time commitment.

Antonio Conte signed three years contract with Chelsea early this week following his arrival to North London on Sunday and he is ready to lead the Blues after the Euro 2016 in France with the Italy senior national team.

Speaking at today’s press Conference ahead of the Swansea game, Guus Hiddink welcomes Chelsea’s choice.

“The choice of the club and when you look at his record, he had a good spell at Juventus, getting the Italian title. It’s always good because this club is always keen to play for titles.

“It’s always a big job, regardless of where Chelsea have been this year. He is used to the pressure.

“He was presented on Monday and there was also a request for him to meet and shake hands with the players and I had no obstruction, so we all met on Tuesday.

When asked about any word of advice for incoming Antonio Conte, Guus Hiddink said : “If I was to give him advice, I would not do it here on camera.”

Antonio Conte managed to win three Serie A titles before his resignation in 2014 and took the Azure job to go unbeaten in the Euro 2016 qualification with seven wins and three draws in ten games.