Out-going Chelsea interim manager Gus Hiddink, has revealed that he turned down the chance to guide Premier League champions Leicester City last summer.
In an interview with the Dutch journal De Telegraaf, Hiddink explained that; “In the summer the club approached me with a view to becoming their new manager but at the time, I just wanted to rest so I rejected the offer”. He continued, “Then came the arrival of the offer from Chelsea. The club were in difficulty and were in a state of panic. They needed someone to come in and calm the waters. No-one could have predicted that they (Chelsea) would have been in this situation, then no-one would have predicted that Leicester City would be the champions”.
The 69-year-old has had a steadying influence since replacing Jose Mourinho, but will step down shortly to make-way for current Italian national team boss Antonio Conte. His team’s two-goal fightback on Monday against Spurs handed the Premier League title to Leicester with two games to spare.