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Hiddink caps tenure with Cup

GUUS Hiddink's exit from Chelsea and the likely appointment of Carlo Ancelotti this week means that the London club will be welcoming its fifth manager in less than two years.

Hiddink completed his three-month sojourn by guiding Chelsea to a first trophy in two years with a 2-1 victory over Everton in Saturday's FA Cup final but said to consistently challenge for domestic and European honors the side had to settle down.

"They've had too many changes and they recognize that themselves," Hiddink said after the Wembley win, secured through goals from Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard after Louis Saha had given Everton the lead after just 30 seconds.

"Stability is needed now. You need a short-term strategy and a long-term strategy to build a team."

The Blues had that under Jose Mourinho but after his surprise departure in September 2007, the stability and the trophies dried up. Avram Grant took them to within a missed John Terry penalty of Champions League glory in Moscow and also to an English Premier League runners-up spot but was sent packing within days of his Russian retreat.

Owner Roman Abramovich's desperate need for an "identity" for his English plaything then led to the appointment of Luiz Felipe Scolari, but the Brazilian World Cup winner was gone by February.

Abramovich then secured a share of the services of Hiddink but for all the Chelsea players' pleadings, the Dutchman now returns to his role of Russia coach.

In Berlin, Mesut Oezil scored in the second half on Saturday to give Werder Bremen its sixth German Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen.

Bremen playmaker Diego, playing in his last game before moving to Juventus, released Oezil, whose shot from a sharp angle took a slight deflection and beat goalkeeper Rene Adler in the 58th.

Bremen won the second of its two finals of the season, after losing the UEFA Cup title match 10 days ago to Shakhtar Donetsk 1-2, and rescued a season that went badly in the German Bundesliga, where it finished only 10th.


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