Guus Hiddink is in talks with Chelsea about becoming Jose Mourinho's successor, BBC Sport has learned.
The 69-year-old Dutchman is currently at a London hotel holding discussions with Blues officials.
Hiddink, who has already had one spell as Chelsea boss, is yet to sign a contract but is set to become manager on an interim basis.
The Blues are currently 16th in the Premier League table, just one point above the relegation zone.
Mourinho was sacked as manager on Thursday, just seven months after guiding Chelsea to the Premier League title.
Hiddink won six Dutch league titles and the European Cup in his time as PSV Eindhoven manager and has coached South Korea, Australia and Russia.
After leading Chelsea to FA Cup success in 2009, he has endured unsuccessful spells as manager of Turkey, Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala and the Netherlands.
Meanwhile, Chelsea captain John Terry has described Mourinho's exit as a "sad, sad day".
Terry led Chelsea to all three Premier League titles under Mourinho, in addition to an FA Cup and three League Cups.
"Going to miss you boss," Terry wrote on Instagram, "The very best I have ever worked with, unbelievable memories together. Thank you doesn't seem enough."