Guus Hiddink press conference ahead of Southampton clash in the Premier League:
CONTE – “You are more aware than I of the situation, my job is not to follow rumours as you.
“Chelsea are looking for experienced managers and there are many.”
CLUB MANAGER vs INTERNATIONAL MANAGER – “As club manager you have a lot of influence on daily basis, national team manager is difficult because you have not many days to work as you wish and this influence is concentrated in the three/four days you got for a game or when you have international tournaments and you got three weeks to do work.”
COACHING IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES – “It’s always very exciting to coach in different countries, you have to go asap into the language and the culture, also football language, to go asap into football culture of the club and the country.”
TERRY – “He won’t be fit for Southampton, he was in treatment, he’s doing exercises in gym and pitch but we have to be careful with this kind of injury, because sometimes it seems you are ok and then you are not, so better to wait two-three days more, it’s not good to go into a setback situation. We will see if he can be fit for Stoke next weekend.”
FALCAO – “He’s still injured, he was on the pitch in the last days, doing job with the physios. The season is long so we’ll see if we can play him.”
PATO - “He’s getting the sharpness to be competitive with the other strikers, Diego [Costa] is doing his job very well, I’m satisfied with Traore and his performances when he comes in.”
KOEMAN – “It’s easy to say now but I have never had doubts about him becoming a manager because he’s got a great personality.
“As a manager during the game you have not much power, but as I’ve always said a team need a spine to work on, and he was in this spine of my PSV Eindhoven team ( Champions of Europe in 1986/87) and he was one of the leaders.
“He’s doing a terrific job, this year, they had a setback, but then they recover.
“He’s been around in Holland or southern Europe, he’s showing to be a very good and stable manager. He’s showing stability.”
TOP 10 – “If we win tomorrow Chelsea will be in the top 10 table for the first time since August? That would be nice, but we will have a very difficult game in St. Mary’s.”
FIFA – “I’ve not a lot of interest in the FIFA president elections, there is always a lot of politics, but I hope that whoever will be elected will have a huge transparency”.
SOUTHAMPTON- “They are very dangerous and they have mix of young players and players that know how to manage a game.”
TOP PLAYERS becoming MANAGERS – “Some big players think they can be good managers because they got big playing experience, but after a few months they realize there are many other things to deal with, and if they are able to make the next step they can become good managers.
“They have to get out of their star status and get into the one of leaders and they have to support the team, getting the best out of the players.
“I guess Ivanovic and Terry can become good managers among the ones I have in this squad at Chelsea, because they are real leaders and got a huge personality.”
EUROPE – “Since Premier League got huge attention, it’s always good for the English teams to get good results in Europe.”
BABA RAHMAN- “He’s got quality but we’re working to get him more competitive in his position. When John Terry is back we’ll see if he will go back to the bench.”