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Saturday 16 February 2013

On this day: Guus Hiddink takes over at Chelsea

  • Guus Hiddink's first match in charge was against Aston Villa on 21 February 2009

  • Hiddink chats with striker Didier Drogba during training

  • Hiddink led Chelsea to FA Cup glory with a 2-1 victory over Everton at Wembley

  • Hiddink is given a guard of honour following his final match in charge at Stamford Bridge rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: Review of February

16 Feb 2009: Hiddink takes reins at Chelsea

Guus Hiddink began a very successful stint as temporary manager of Chelsea, after being appointed as the London club's boss until the end of the 2008/09 season.

The Dutchman, who was also in charge of Russia during his spell with the Blues, still holds the highest win percentage of any Barclays Premier League manager who has overseen more than 10 matches, with an impressive 85% win ratio during his 13-match reign.

Chelsea were four points behind Manchester United at the top of the table, having played a game more, when Hiddink took over but they took the title race down to the final day after an impressive run of form. United won the Premier League crown by four points after defeating Hull City in the end-of-season finale.

Despite missing out on League glory, Chelsea won the FA Cup and narrowly lost out in the UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals against Barcelona during his four-month tenure.

Hiddink is well-remembered for his glittering career in international management, having guided Holland to the FIFA World Cup semi-finals in 1998 and repeating the feat by taking 2002 co-hosts South Korea to the last four for the first time in their history.

His management career in club football included spells at nine-time UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid and Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven.

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