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John Terry said yesterday that he would welcome the appointment of Guus Hiddink as the next Chelsea manager, with all the evidence now pointing to the Dutch coach being given the job in the next few weeks.

Mark Hughes denies Fulham departure is linked to Villa job

Mark Hughes' departure from Fulham has "no connection" with the vacant Aston Villa hot-seat following manager Gerard Houllier's departure, Press Association Sport understands.

Hughes ruled out as new Villa manager after leaving Fulham

Mark Hughes is not expected to be appointed the new Aston Villa manager despite having exercised the break clause in his two-year Fulham contract last night to make a surprise departure from the club.

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Malouda urges return of Hiddink

Florent Malouda believes Guus Hiddink has the attributes needed to succeed at Chelsea, should the Dutchman return to manage the club, having worked wonders during his short spell in charge in 2009.

Gianfranco Zola backs Harry Redknapp for Chelsea job

Gianfranco Zola has claimed Harry Redknapp would be a success if appointed Chelsea manager.

Chelsea target Guus Hiddink admits missing club football

Reported Chelsea target Guus Hiddink has admitted he misses the day-to-day nature of club management, but is refusing to be drawn on talk linking him with a return to the club.

Chelsea target five signings in summer spree

Chelsea may have no manager but they are ploughing ahead with a serious overhaul of the playing staff, with up to five players leaving and five more coming in.

Alex Ferguson wins LMA award and offers support to Carlo Ancelotti

Sir Alex Ferguson has been named Manager of the Year by his fellow league managers and used the occasion to offer his support to sacked Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Chelsea step up their campaign to lure Hiddink from Turkey

Club confident Dutchman can be persuaded to return despite having a year to run on national-team contract

You're fired! The day I lost my job

For the Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, the deed was done on Sunday in a football stadium corridor. For Jerry Seinfeld, there was simply no script for him one day. Andy McSmith tells the tales of how bad news can be broken

James Lawton: Even the West Ham gang of three showed more class than Abramovich

The temptation to rage was limited. Abramovich had, after all, long ago stripped away any mystery over hisintentions and still less his style

Chelsea: The contenders to be manager

Chelsea parted company with manager Carlo Ancelotti yesterday following weeks of speculation about his future.

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