Guus Hiddink insists the club have not consulted him over whether Carlo Ancelotti will be the man to replace him as Chelsea manager. The AC Milan coach is tipped to replace the Dutchman amid suggestions that a statement is expected from Ancelotti over the weekend.
Chelsea entertain Blackburn in their last home game of the season and the sense of occasion has not been lost on Hiddink.
"When I started in February, I was fully committed to do my job. But, having had the response of everyone - the players, the staff, the public - it gives me a lot of satisfaction.
"It's not easy to say goodbye. But let's not be too dramatic. Unofficially, I will keep my connection with the club. By supporting them, by coming to visit every now and then.
"Sadness is not the right word. I'm not going to cry. I don't know my emotions. I have enjoyed very much working at this club, with these players.
"To be honest, when I started, I thought I'd have to fight a lot with the status of players. I though there was a pre-set mind that they would be untouchable, but we touched each other.
"I'm proud of that. Now we split, so there's a feeling of respect. Not regret, but respect."
The interim coach insists that while he knows "in general" what is going on, he remains adamant the choice of his successor is Chelsea's business alone.
"There are names, but we haven't spoken about names," revealed Hiddink. "It's up to them. It's none of my business.
"They have to go forward and there's no responsibility whatsoever on their side to inform me.
"They are doing so but I don't need to be informed every day. Generally, I know a bit what is going on. I can tell you, but I won't."