Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Guus Hiddink new Chelsea FC manager.

Chelsea have confirmed that Guus Hiddink will take charge of the club until the end of the season.Hiddink, who amazingly revealed that he has no need for a contract, is due in London to meet the players and plans to attend the Blues' FA Cup tie against Watford on Saturday.In a statement on the club's official website, Chelsea thanked the Russian Football Union after they agreed to let Hiddink take on the role while managing Russia. Guus is currently the head coach of the Russian national team.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich moved quickly to get his man after sacking Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari on Monday.Hiddink has a close relationship with Abramovich and added: 'I don't have to sign a contract. It's not a question of money.'Hiddink added that he intended to contact his predecessor, Scolari, to discuss the team. He faces a bitter backlash in Russia over the lucrative deal which will see him take over at Chelsea, while remaining at the helm of the Russian national team.

jayawardena steps down as captain

Mahela Jayawardene is stepping down as captain after their tour of Pakistan, the 31-year-old announced today. Jayawardene, Sri Lanka's most successful Test captain, met with national selectors earlier in the day and informed them of his decision to stand down after three years at the helm.

Sri Lanka will play 2 test matches in Pakistan beginning 21st Feb. In the press conference he said "This is is something I have been considering for some time as it has been my long-held belief that my successor should have at least 18 months in the job to imprint his vision on the team for the 2011 World Cup.....after much thought, I have concluded that the right time has now come for fresh leadership to takeover."

The recent ODI series defeat against India (4-1) at home and also his poor run with the bat must have enforced this decision upon him.Kumara Sangakara will be the front runner for the captaincy as he is the vice-captain of the Lankan team. He also said that he will completely support his new successor and hope to play a major role in the team as a batsman for years to come.