Chelsea plan to name their new manager within two weeks

Ron Gourlay
Gourlay was appointed Chelsea chief executive in 2009

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay believes a new manager could be in place at Stamford Bridge within the next two weeks.

Following Carlo Ancelotti's sacking in May, former Blues caretaker boss Guus Hiddink has been linked with the role.

"Hopefully in the next week or two, we'll be in a position to announce our new coach," said Gourlay.

"There may also be an introduction of two or three players. We've identified key players we'd like to bring in."

Despite his optimism about an impending managerial appointment, Gourlay refused to be drawn on whether Turkey boss Hiddink is the man lined up to take over at Stamford Bridge.

The 64-year-old Dutchman won the FA Cup and led Chelsea to the semi-finals of the Champions League during his brief spell as caretaker manager in 2009, and remains close to owner Roman Abramovich.

"As far as the manager is concerned, the process is going well but now is not the time for me to comment on who the next manager is going to be," Gourlay added.

"I don't think it's right to comment at this stage. I don't want to create any speculation, we'll make an announcement when we're ready and we'll see the new coach when we arrive next month."

Despite Ancelotti winning a Premier League and FA Cup double in his first year in England, a trophyless second campaign led to his immediate sacking following Chelsea's final league game of the season at Everton.

In a bid to make amends for the disappointment of the last 12 months, plans are already in place to ensure next year is a more successful one for the club.

"It's a big season for us coming up," commented Gourlay. "Things didn't go as well as we hoped last season and plans are very much in place for next season to be back winning trophies."