In a shocking turn of events, the man most likely to become Chelsea's next manager, Guus Hiddink, is said to have asked for the reinstatement of Ray Wilkins as the Blues' assistant coach.
No reason was given for Wilkins' departure, but rumors of a falling-out between the Chelsea legend and chief executive, Ron Gourlay, may have led to Abramovich's shocking decision.
Carlo Ancelotti was not happy with the dismissal of his right-hand man and Chelsea's torrid run of form strangely coincided with the former captain's departure.
Hiddink, who worked with Wilkins during his first spell at the club, reportedly now wants Abramovich to give a full pardon and welcome Ray back with open arms.
Hiddink has a close personal relationship with the Russian billionaire, and if anyone can get Wilkins' job back then it is the Dutchman whose new position as Chelsea's boss is likely to be announced any day now.
A partnership between Wilkins and Hiddink would no doubt be popular with both players and fans, but it remains to be seen whether the newest addition to the Sky Sports commentary team even desires a return.
Wilkins told The Sun, "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."
This would appear to be confirmation that Wilkins will not return, but you can never say never in the football business and I am certain that deep down, Wilkins would love to be involved once again with the club he has supported since childhood.
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