Chelsea will be in a position to appoint a new manager in the next two weeks, the club’s chief executive Ron Gourlay has announced.
The Blues have been without a manager since Carlo Ancelotti’s sacking in the wake of Chelsea’s final league fixture of the season.
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While Manchester United have already brought in Phil Jones and are close to announcing the signings of David de Gea and Ashley Young, Chelsea have yet to make their first foray into the transfer market.
However, in addition to announcing a new manager, Gourlay is confident that some new players will be coming through the door at Stamford Bridge in the near future.
“Hopefully in the next week or two, we’ll be in a position to announce our new coach,” he commented.
“There may also be an introduction of two or three players. We’ve identified key players we’d like to bring in.”
The news that potential signings have already been identified will no doubt lead to suggestions that Chelsea are already working with their new manager in advance of his unveiling.
If rumours are to be believed, this man is likely to be Guus Hiddink, the Dutchman currently in charge of the Turkish national team.
Crucially, Hiddink has close links with Blues owner Roman Abramovich and the club itself, having juggled the roles of Russia and Chelsea manager in 2009.
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