Chelsea winger Florent Malouda has talked up the positive attributes of Guus Hiddink as speculation mounts that the Dutchman will return to Stamford Bridge for a second spell as manager.
The Blues aresearching for a replacement for Carlo Ancelotti after the Italian's exit at the end of the Premier League season.
Hiddink, currently coach of Turkey's national team, led Chelsea to the 2009 FA Cup during a four-month spell as caretaker boss between the reigns of Luiz Felipe Scolari and Ancelotti.
The former Real Madrid and Netherlands coach is among the bookies' favourites to succeed Ancelotti and Malouda, for one, would love to have him back.
"I have a lot of respect for him,'' he told Sky Sports News. "When he came we were in a difficult situation in terms of results. He brought back confidence, I think. He improved our game and led us in the Champions League and FA Cup.
"He put the club back on the right way. It was short term. It was really quick, but it was really intense. You have to take your time to make the right choices and that is what the board is doing.
"I think we have a strong squad and when you want to add an ingredient to the squad you have to take your time.''