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Gourlay predicts new Chelsea boss within two weeks

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay expects a new manager at Stamford Bridge within a fortnight, with Turkey boss Guus Hiddink favourite to return to the role he occupied in 2009. Gourlay, who was in Bangkok on Thursday to promote the club's pre-season Asian tour would not comment directly about Hiddink.

However, he said: "The process of getting a new coach is going very, very well.

"I'd expect a new coach to hopefully be in place within the next week, maybe two weeks, but maybe even earlier."

Gourlay also defended Chelsea's record of four managers in as many years.

"Continuity is very important but so is performance and results," said Gourlay.

"Our model may not be the model others agree with but at the end of the day, we've taken the decisions we felt we needed to take to develop Chelsea football club... and we've won 10 major trophies in the last six years."

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