Andre Villas-Boas was confirmed as manager of Chelsea FC a week ago, with the 33-year-old resigning from his post as FC Porto manager to replace Carlo Ancelotti in the Stamford Bridge hot seat.
However, Guus Hiddink was the man who had been hot favourite to take the job and the Dutchman’s agent has now claimed that the Turkey manager was the west London club’s number one choice to take the role.
Cees van Nieuwenhuizen said that Chelsea initially approached Hiddink regarding the vacant position with the 64-year-old having been caretaker boss at the club in 2009, although “Hiddink has never broken a contract” according to his agent.
“Every now and then they talk, they see each other, and Guus would say: ‘I have a contract so it’s no use considering a position for me at Chelsea.’ I think Abramovich has respected that position.”
Andre Villas-Boas also had a contract with FC Porto, although a £13.3 million buy-out clause saw Chelsea able to acquire someone who arrives at the club with an impressive track record but with no experience of managing a team in the Champions League.
Chelsea are best odds 11/4 to win the Premier League 2011/12 with Victor Chandler bookmakers.