Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Hughes Is the Kind of Manager We Want at Chelsea'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Hughes Is the Kind of Manager We Want at Chelsea'

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Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent

JOHN TERRY today claimed both Mark Hughes and Guus Hiddink would be welcomed back at Chelsea were either appointed as the club's next boss.

The Blues' search for a successor to Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked after the last game of the season against Everton nearly two weeks ago, is ongoing with a host of names in the frame. Hiddink remains favourite to take charge given his successful spell in 2009 in which he led the club to the FA Cup as caretaker manager.

The Dutchman enjoys a close relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and hinted again yesterday that a return to Stamford Bridge is a possibility despite having a year to run in his present role as coach of the Turkish national team.

If Turkey lose in Belgium tonight he could be sacked and free to move to the Bridge straight away.

Hughes quit Fulham last night and with Aston Villa distancing themselves from a possible approach, speculation is mounting that he could return to Chelsea, where he spent three years as a player between 1995 and 1998.

Hughes is still the bookies favourite to move to Villa Park even though he is not allowed to talk to another club until his contract at Fulham officially ends on June 30.

And Terry, speaking ahead of England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland tomorrow, believes the players would be happy if either man became the club's seventh manager in eight years. Asked if Hughes has the qualities to manage Chelsea, Terry said: "I think he has shown that for sure.

"He is someone hopefully the club will be talking to. I know Mark and I know his backroom staff like Hitchy (Kevin Hitchcock), Eddie Ned (Eddie Niedzwiecki) and Bowie (Mark Bowen) as well so the understanding of the club and knowing how much the club means to supporters will come naturally to those guys. If they are linked in, it will be welcomed by the players as well.

"We had a great time under Guus as well. We had four of five months under him, came to Wembley and won the FA Cup. He'd be welcomed back.

"Whether they are going to get someone who knows the club or someone completely different to come in, that's out of the players' hands. …

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