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Guus Hiddink sets new Premier League record with 1-1 draw against Stoke City

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It might not feel like it, but Saturday's 1-1 draw against Stoke City was actually a record-breaking achievement for Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink.  It was his 12th Premier League match in charge of Chelsea after Jose Mourinho's sacking and it was his 12th Premier League match without a loss to start his spell as manager.  Granted, Hiddink had already been Chelsea boss once, back in 2009, but I suppose the count resets when you start a new spell.  Either way, 12 matches unbeaten is a new Premier League record!

Here's a table from the Daily Mail with the details:

hiddink 12 unbeaten

(Not sure why there's a comma between 'Jose' and 'Mourinho'...)

Famously, Hiddink had lost only once in 22 matches in charge during his first spell, but the 1-0 reverse against Luka Modric and Tottenham Hotspur came in his fifth Premier League match back then.  This time around, we're still unbeaten after a dozen, though Chelsea did suffer a 2-1 loss against PSG in the first leg of Champions League Round of 16 a couple weeks ago.

Unfortunately, none of the sources I could find reveal what might be the record for longest unbeaten run for a new manager in the top flight of English football, which, contrary to modern day attitudes, did exist before the advent of the Premier League.

Still, well done Guus & Chelsea!  Would be nice to have a few more wins (Chelsea have won only 5 of the 12), but this will have to do.

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