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Guus Hiddink rules out returning to Chelsea

Guus Hiddink, who led Chelsea for three months in 2009, has ruled out any possibility of parachuting into the club for a second time should Carlo Ancelotti be sacked as manager.

Hiddink is a close friend of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, and in 2009 came in as a short-term measure following the dismissal of Luiz Felipe Scolari, juggling his job as coach of Russia with taking charge of Chelsea on a temporary basis.

Under his brief reign, Chelsea finished third in the Premier League and won the FA Cup.

Hiddink (64) is currently six months into a four-year contract with the Turkish national side and his agent, Cees van Nieuwenhuizen, insisted there was “no chance” that Hiddink would be back at Stamford Bridge in the foreseeable future.

Van Nieuwenhuizen said: “I consider that as impossible. Guus would never consider walking out on the Turkish Federation to come to London. He enjoyed very much his time at Chelsea. It was a special time for him. But there is no chance, no chance, of him going back.”

Chelsea, who are now fifth after Tottenham's win over Newcastle, last night rubbished reports Ancelotti could be sacked if his side do not win tonight’s game against Bolton Wanderers.

Ancelotti said he will not be making many changes for the game with Bolton, who potentially could leapfrog Chelsea with a victory.

“We don't have an opportunity to change a lot of players,” he said.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech admitted Chelsea's problems are everywhere.

He said: “We are making the wrong choices all over the pitch, defensive-wise and attacking-wise, we have stopped doing the things we were doing at the start of the season when we didn't concede goals and we were scoring a lot.

“But at the moment, we can't find the same rhythm and we are making wrong choices so you can see that we are making lots of wrong passes.

“Every time we attack we are offside and we are making mistakes too in the defensive third.

“This is exactly the reason why we are not winning games.

“We are not used to seeing Chelsea play the way we are playing at the moment.

“This is the reality, we are not doing the right things on the pitch, we are making mistakes and we got punished for the mistakes. We just need to have one game where you get a bit of luck to win a game and suddenly everything changes.”

Ancelotti's Chelsea future is believed to be under no immediate threat.

But that could change if the current slump shows no sign of sudden reverse.

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