By Chris Harris
Guus Hiddink is a “remarkable” coach who can bring success to Stamford Bridge, according to Arsène Wenger.
The Dutchman succeeded Luis Felipe Scolari as Chelsea boss last week but has only agreed to combine his new club role with his existing post as Russian national team coach until the end of the season.
Hiddink took Russia to the last four of Euro 2008 six years after guiding South Korea to the World Cup Semi-Finals, and he can count Wenger among his many fans.
The Arsenal manager believes Hiddink can transfer his international success to the club arena - if he is not handicapped by his short tenure in west London.
“Everybody knows him. He is a remarkable manager and a remarkable coach,” said Wenger at his pre-match press conference.
“Everybody at the top can still hope to win the Champions League, most of them the FA Cup and a few of them the Championship.
“The only question mark is not about Hiddink’s quality – but how well will it work when you know the guy is only here for six months?
“He has a friendship with the chairman [Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich] and sometimes you are in a position when you want to help out. There is a good connection between the chairman and the Russian Football Federation.
“There is no question about his ability or top-class quality but he is usually a guy who works on a longer distance in the clubs.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 20 Feb 2009