Chelsea’s Interim manager, Guus Hiddink, has laid down the law to Nigerian international John Mikel Obi and other players, telling them they have an obligation to succeed.
The 69-year-old was speaking ahead of Watford’s visit, his first game in his second stint back at the club with ex-boss, Jose Mourinho, sacked last week.
And Hiddink has announced to his squad that he expects an immediate turnaround in form and results, demanding to see desire from his charges.
“Even if your boss is only temporary, he can kick you around,” the former Netherlands coach told reporters.
“I’m not going to be begging them [the players] to perform.
“They have a profound obligation to perform. They are here at a big club.
They are well paid. They must have the heart full of the desire of an amateur.
“If they don’t have that desire, then I will say, ‘Thank you very much, goodbye’. I don’t need players who don’t have the desire.”
Mikel has only featured in three games for the west London club since the season start.