Jose Mourinho holds breakfast meeting with Guus Hiddink

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Hiddink with Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck
Hiddink with Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck

Sacked Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly staged a breakfast meeting with his successor Guus Hiddink to debrief him on the squad he has inherited.

The Sun are reporting that Hiddink met with Mourinho at the Berkeley Hotel in London on Sunday, as he offered up some thoughts on the players he will now try to inspire after a turbulent few months for the fallen Premier League champions.

Mourinho is unlikely to have offered a glowing endorsement for some of his former players, with Branisav Ivanovic, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa among those booed by Chelsea fans for their perceived role in the downfall of Mourinho.

Hiddink returned to Chelsea's Cobham training base after his meeting with Mourinho, but he will not get down to work with his players until Tuesday, as they were given two days off following their 3-1 win against Sunderland on Saturday.

Chelsea are still just three points off the relegation zone despite their victory, with skipper John Terry backing Hiddink to lift the side up the table quickly.

“It’s down to him to come in and pick us up,” states Terry. “He has seen (against Sunderland) what we are capable of. I think the first half was excellent.

“What he will bring is a hunger to the squad, a lot of passion and a lot of fire. He will demand a lot of players on the training field and matches.

"I’ve seen it before that he can come in and shake things up in a positive way and move forward. That’s why the club has made this decision.

“If he has watched today and seen us recently, maybe he will see that we have been lacking a little bit of confidence because we haven’t been firing and playing as well as we would have liked.

“We are capable of putting in performances like that week after week and it starts on the training field. We will put in the work and he will put his stamp on it.”

Chelsea face Christmas fixtures against Watford, Manchester United and Crystal Palace.