In case you don’t recognize the quote, it’s from one of the best films to come out of the 1980’s: Top Gun.
I did change the spelling from “Goose” to “Guus,” for many Chelsea supporters’ favorite Dutch manager: Guus Hiddink.
Right about now, the speculation is swirling that Guus will be the new Chelsea manager. News has even come out from the Turkish FA that they are powerless to stop Guus from leaving if he so chooses.
The father of Super Frank has also added fuel to the fire by proclaiming he believes Hiddink will be in place fairly soon. There is the problem of a compensation package for ending his contract early, but when has money ever stopped Roman from getting something he wants? I know, I know, we still haven’t won the Champions League, but all in due time.
Speaking of the Champions League, it was in the 2008-2009 season in which we were knocked out of the semi-finals not by Barcelona, but by the referee, Tom Henning Ovrebo. It was Guus who led us there after taking over temporarily for the fired Big Phil Scolari.
We also can’t forget the FA Cup that Guus won with us, as well as the almost flawless record he had in the EPL: only one lost game to Tottenham at White Hart Lane. So Guus did wonders for us when in charge on a temporary basis, but will he be a good fit on a permanent basis?
I think he will. At this point, regardless of whether you think Carlo Ancelotti is one of the few world-class managers left or if you think he was awful and deserved to be fired, we need a new manager and fast!
If I were a player, I would be hesitant to move to a club if I didn’t know who was going to be manager. Hell, when Gary Williams retired as the coach of the University of Maryland’s Men’s Basketball team, the whole freshman recruiting class asked to be released from their commitments to Maryland.
While I don’t expect that type of response to an approach from a manager-less Chelsea, players will probably think twice before becoming a Blue.
Guus has a great CV, with a TON of experience managing clubs and international teams. He’s won the Dutch league 6 times, Champions League, took South Korea to the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup and much more.
He’s done much with little, and he did a great job for us. Surely his relative stagnation with the Turkish National Team is only a blip on an excellent managerial career.
I would love to see the man with free taxi rides for life (in South Korea) become the new Chelsea manager, not to mention he already has the trust and respect of Mr. Roman.
What do you guys think? Do you think Guus will be a good fit for Chelsea?
Keep the Blue Flag Flying High!