Hiddink to Take Over Chelsea Next Week

BELEK, Turkey -- Russian national football team coach Guus Hiddink will take over as manager of English Premier League club Chelsea until the end of the season beginning next week, he said Wednesday.

"It's never enough time to prepare a team in one week, but this is an exceptional situation," Hiddink said. "Chelsea have good players, and they should be in top form, and that should make my job easier."

Hiddink said he planned to attend Chelsea's FA Cup fifth round match at Watford on Saturday.

The Dutchman said he intended to contact his predecessor at Chelsea, Luiz Felipe Scolari, to discuss the team. Scolari was sacked by Chelsea on Monday.

"I haven't done it yet, but I will call him in the next day or two," Hiddink said.

He added that he had not signed a contract with Chelsea nor intended to.

"I don't have to sign one. It's not a question of money," said Hiddink, who has a close friendship with the club's owner, billionaire Russian businessman Roman Abramovich.