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Guus Hiddink will unite Chelsea: Drogba

Goal.com
Feb 20, 2009 at 03:25pm IST

New Delhi: The Blues' Ivorian star believes the decision to install 'The Goose' as manager came not a moment too soon.

Guus Hiddink was appointed Chelsea’s interim manager last week following the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari, and he will take charge of his first game this weekend at Aston Villa.

The Blues sit behind the Midlanders in the Premier League standings, having slipped to fourth place during the last days of Scolari's ill-fated reign.

NEW MAN: Chelsea's manager Guus Hiddink at a news conference at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge ground.

It will be Hiddink's job to sweep up the mess left by his predecessor and reverse the club's fortunes, and Didier Drogba reckons the Dutchman is up to the task.

“Hiddink is just what Chelsea need right now,” he said in The Sun, the British tabloid.

“When you manage a team like Chelsea you need to unite the team when things are rough, not divide them. Chelsea is a family, and a family needs to be together.

“When Scolari started blaming individuals, then that was bad. To name one player as to blame for what happened in a squad of 24 is wrong.”

Drogba was one of those singled out by the previous manager, who labelled him as a disruptive influence in the dressing room at Stamford Bridge.

The Ivory Coast hitman said, “I was shocked he (Scolari) said that. How can one player be responsible for not winning for so many weeks and losing points?

“This is not an individual sport. When you win games everyone is happy and enjoys it together. But when we lose we have to lose together too.”

It has since been reported that Drogba, along with Michael Ballack and Petr Cech, held a meeting with club owner Roman Abramovich to argue for 's dismissal.

But he added, “If I had as much power with the owner as has been said, then (Jose) Mourinho would still be here, no? If I had that power!

“I have respect for Scolari as a man and a coach but I was not involved in any discussions with the owner.”

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