It was only a matter of time before John Terry came out and said that the Chelsea players want to win Saturday’s FA Cup final against Everton for their departing manager Guus Hiddink.
As we all know, Hiddink ‘s interim spell in charge of the club will come to an end after this weekend’s game. This is despite the majority of fans and players making it known that they would like the Russia boss to extend his stay.
Speaking about the prospect of playing under a new boss next season, Terry has said that he is ‘not thinking about the new regime’ at the moment because he doesn’t want to ‘disrespect the current manager’.
According to the Blues skipper, the only thing Chelsea are focused on right now is ‘winning the FA Cup’ to give Hiddink a memorable ending to what has been a relatively successful period in charge of the club.
Until the FA Cup final is over, Terry says that he ‘doesn’t care’ about who will be in charge next season because the players only ‘care about Guus Hiddink’. The Dutchman really has made an impression on the Chelsea squad hasn’t he?
Regardless of the fact that his spell at the club was short, it seems fair to say that Hiddink will go down as one of the most popular
managers Chelsea have had in recent years. The fans, the media and most importantly the players have had nothing bad to say about him since his arrival.
This is probably why Terry is so keen to win on Saturday. Yes, he wants to do it so there is some silverware to show for the season, but he also wants to give Hiddink a good send-off. If nothing else, this will act as an extra motivation for Terry and the Chelsea team.
Regarding life after Hiddink, as much as Terry didn’t want to speak about it a great deal, he did admit that ‘it has been a tough couple of years with different managers’. It seems a safe Premier League bet that a bit of consistency to the coaching staff wouldn’t go amiss.
Then, next season, Chelsea can come back ‘even stronger’ as they look to challenge Manchester United for the Premier League title. First though, they need to focus on beating Everton at Wembley this weekend.
Do it for Hiddink boys!