Hiddink Wants Drogba Reunion, Impact Admit ‘Situation Is Out Of Our Control’

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Updated: December 24, 2015

Guus Hiddink has a difficult task on his hands.  Between now and early May, he needs to spark a revival of sorts at Chelsea FC.  The club for whom he’s been nominated caretaker are floundering in 15th place, looking over their shoulder at the clubs in the relegation zone. This time around, it’s an altogether different job the for Dutchman.

When Hiddink took over in 2009, Chelsea were in fourth place; seven points and a game in hand behind leaders Manchester United.  If that was considered a crisis, this current situation in West London can be called a full blown meltdown.

Former manager José Mourinho and his tactics were deemed ineffective, his plans ‘betrayed,’ his players despondent.  A torrid preseason, a late scramble in the transfer market and a record amount of losses for a reigning Premier League Champion (many of which have come at home) have produced a team absolutely bereft of the class and quality which saw them storm the Premier League and claim the Capital One Cup not seven months prior.

Hiddink is well aware of the club’s failings and rumored player mutiny and, in his first press conference as Chelsea manager, he made it clear that such attitudes will not be tolerated.  “There must be a great desire to play. If you don’t have that desire, please knock on my door and we’ll talk. We’ll talk briefly.”

Many Chelsea fans have lamented the team’s lack of collective effort this season, and for them this quote will be music to the ears.  Others have blamed the team’s failings on an absence of leadership in the dressing room.  Hiddink seems to side with those who feel this current Chelsea crop could benefit from the guidance of a senior team member.

Didier Drogba, whose positive locker-room influence and reputation for galvanizing his teammates is well-known, has been tipped for a new role at Chelsea.  This time, however, he won’t be banging in the goals for Golden Guus.  According to the Telegraph, Drogba has been deemed a vital addition to Hiddink’s back-room staff, but so desperate are the Blues’ hierarchy to have him back that he could perhaps even feature as a club ambassador.

All of this seems a slap in the face to Didier’s current club, Impact Montreal, for whom the Ivorian signed a 18-month contract in July.  His immediate impact (excuse the pun) in Major League Soccer saw him quickly become a fan favorite and it’s understandable that the Impact would want to hold onto him for as long as possible.  In fact, the club sent out a tweet attempting to dismiss rumors suggesting Drogba was to return to Chelsea.

Impact Montreal tweet to dismiss any rumors about Drogba's rumored departure for Chelsea FC

Impact Montreal tweet to dismiss any rumors about Drogba’s rumored departure for Chelsea FC

 

However, just days later, Impact Montreal posted a quite different series of tweets detailing the situation between the club, Didier Drogba and Chelsea FC.  Highlighting the Chelsea legend’s famed relationship with the West London club and their knowledge of his desire to help in whatever capacity possible, Impact seem resigned to the fact that they are powerless to stop him.

Impact Montreal inform fans that contact has been made with Drogba,

Impact Montreal inform fans that contact has been made with Chelsea FC over Drogba

This almost certainly means Chelsea fans will be seeing a familiar face at Stamford Bridge in the coming weeks.  If the Sunderland home match, at which Drogba sat between Hiddink and Abramovich, was any indication, the Ivorian will soon have his own hand to play in the Blues’ revival.

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