London - Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel wants manager
Guus Hiddink to continue as coach of the Stamford Bridge club after the summer.
Hiddink is set to be replaced at the end of the current
English Premier League season after taking over from Jose Mourinho on the
interim in December.
Hiddink has lost just one of his 14 matches in charge, and Mikel
feels that Chelsea already have the right man in charge.
"Obviously I want him to stay, but it's the choice of
the owner, the club and the board," Mikel said. "They will have to
decide but if you ask the players, I think 98, 99 percent of them want him to
stay. We're very happy, performing well and let's hope it continues,” he said
on Eatsleepsport sport.
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"You can see it with Diego [Costa]. It takes a lot to
get Diego in a good mood!
"It depends on the board. It depends on Guus too,
whether he wants to continue. He's said a few times he's here until the end of
the season but you never know. He might change his mind and if the club wants
to appoint him, then fair enough. His record speaks very highly of him."
Mourinho’s approach of often publicly berating his players
for the poor performances which resulted in his sacking was met with
disapproval by many of them.
Towards the end, he described John Terry and Kurt Zouma’s
defending against Leicester City as a ‘betrayal’ and he had a fractious
relationship with Diego Costa, who launched a bib at him after he was left on
the bench against Tottenham.
Costa has struck nine goals in 12 games since the Portuguese
left, while he had only four in 24 before that.
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