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Andre Villas-Boas’ hold on the Chelsea job looked to be further strengthened after Guus Hiddink reportedly agreed to become the new manager of Anzhi Makhachkala.

The spectre of Hiddink has been hanging over Villas-Boas for three months after the Dutchman left the Turkey post following their failure to qualify for this summer’s European Championship.

Speculation Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was considering sending another SOS to Hiddink intensified this week amid reports senior players at Stamford Bridge wanted their former caretaker boss to be brought in to replace the Portuguese.

But if Abramovich had planned to do that, he appears to have waited too long, following claims Hiddink had agreed £12.5million, 18-month deal to take charge of mega-rich Russian club Anzhi.

Hiddink was Abramovich’s go-to man three years ago when Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked as Chelsea boss, the Dutchman transforming the club’s season and winning the FA Cup.

The Blues are in an even worse position now – fifth in the Barclays Premier League – but Villas-Boas has been adamant he retains the full backing of his billionaire boss.

That was despite admitting his Chelsea project had lost the support of some members of his squad, something that would have been a firing offence in the past.

Abramovich appears far more reluctant to bow to player power at present, seemingly acknowledging a change of personnel is needed for the club to marry its recent success with the brand of attacking football he craves.

However, Hiddink being out of the picture will not keep the wolf from the door entirely, with Villas-Boas still under real pressure to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Source: DailyMail

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