Guus Hiddink is yet to be announced as Chelsea’s new manager but he seems confident enough of his appointment that he has already asked owner Roman Abramovich to reinstate former assistant coach Ray Wilkins

Hiddink, who is expected to be announced as Chelsea manager by the end of the week, worked with Wilkins during his four-month spell in charge in 2009 and

Wilkins was sacked in October of last year after falling out with owner Roman Abramovich and the Russian would have to swallow his pride if he were to welcome him back.

Wilkins’ departure from the club was the catalyst for an alarming slump which ruined Chelsea’s season and cost Carlo Ancelotti his job.

The pair reportedly fell out after a row over Ancelotti’s tactical approach with Wilkins hauled out of touchline duties during a reserve game.

A debacle over a compensation package ensued and it is uncertain whether Wilkins, who first played for the club way back in 1973, would want to return.

Wilkins said only last month: “My time is done with Chelsea. When you put in as much money as Mr Abramovich, you are entitled to choose what you want to do.

“He didn’t want me so I am no longer there. Back then I was cheesed off but I am not one of those guys who would keep saying I should be still there. It is part of my life which is done and dusted.”