Chelsea still “fragile” – Holland

First-team coach Steve Holland says incoming manager Guus Hiddink is going to have to inspire a "fragile" Chelsea squad, despite the reigning champions returning to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Sunderland at Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho was sacked by the club on Thursday with the team in turmoil, hovering above the relegation zone, leading to the return of Hiddink on a deal until the end of the season.

Holland, who is expected to remain at the club under the Dutchman, took charge of the side alongside Eddie Newton for the clash with Sunderland, where goals from Branislav Ivanovic, Pedro and Oscar secured all three points. 

"I am happy with the result but it is raw. I feel the way I feel," he said.

"The first half they played well in general. The early goal gave the players a boost of confidence, but the team is still fragile to an extent.

"They are used to setbacks in recent weeks so we wobbled a bit in the second half. In the end I thought they saw the game out fairly comfortably."

Despite the controversy surrounding Mourinho and Chelsea this season, the Portuguese is likely to be in high demand.

Rafael Benitez and Louis van Gaal are under pressure at Real Madrid and Manchester United, respectively, while Pep Guardiola is expected to vacate his role at Bayern Munich in the summer.

And Holland believes it won't be long until the 'Special One' returns to the dugout.

"There will be clubs and big clubs who will want him," he added.

"And he's not in my opinion the sort of guy who's going to spend six, seven, eight months sitting at home doing nothing in particular.

"I think he's a guy who wants football, and needs football. I don't know what the circumstances are contractually and all the rest of it.

"My point would be that he'll want to get going again sooner rather than later, and it wouldn't surprise me if very big football clubs are interested in him."

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