Posted on May 30, 2009
Guus Hiddink was handed the FA Cup as a going-away present as Chelsea recovered from conceding the fastest goal in final history to beat Everton 2-1 at Wembley.
The contest was less than half-a-minute old when French striker Louis Saha found the net for the Toffeemen but that was to be the high point for David Moyes’ men.
First Didier Drogba levelled matters with a towering header then Frank Lampard’s 20-yard strike just evaded the despairing dive of Tim Howard 18 minutes from time.
Apart from allowing Ashley Cole to become the first player since the 19th century to collect five winners’ medals, the victory, Chelsea’s second in three years, was a reminder of the stability Hiddink has brought to Stamford Bridge since replacing Luiz Felipe Scolari in February.
And if, as expected, Carlo Ancelotti is confirmed as permanent boss when Hiddink returns to Russia, the Italian has been given a pretty successful man to follow.