Hiddink expecting a response

03 April 2009 02:07
Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink is expecting a fired-up Newcastle United at St James' Park following Alan Shearer's appointment as manager.[LNB] Shearer has taken charge of first-team affairs for the remainder of the season with manager Joe Kinnear still recovering from heart surgery.[LNB]Although Newcastle are in poor form and third from bottom in the Premier League ladder, Hiddink knows there will be a fresh atmosphere in the North East following the appointment of the fans' favourite.[LNB]"You have to respect the decision made by whoever is in charge. There's always a reaction when there's something happening in a club," he said on Sky Sports News.[LNB]Get a reaction"It was the same a little bit here. Some people felt they had to make a decision and then you get a reaction, within the club and team. Everyone knows their situation.[LNB]"Of course there will be a reaction from the team and from the crowd. So we can expect a tight game and a lot of fighting spirit from our opponents tomorrow."[LNB]Hiddink is fully aware of Shearer's ability as a player and knows that his mere presence in the Magpies' dressing room will have a massive effect on his squad.[LNB]"I respect him very much. I know him as a player," he added. "He is quite a personality and will have an influence on the team.[LNB]"There will be a hectic atmosphere tomorrow. It forces us to give everything we have.[LNB]"I cannot judge whether he will stay longer than eight games, that is not my big problem. But it is always good to have big players making a transition to a manager.[LNB]"But he will not play and I will not play. It is not a game between managers.[LNB]"The instant input and change in the dressing room will give their players a lot of energy and that is an extra aspect of the game we have to deal with tomorrow."[LNB]Drogba outOn the injury front Hiddink has confirmed Didier Drogba will be missing after the Ivory Coast international damaged his ankle in shooting practice.[LNB]Jose Bosingwa picked up an injury on international duty and joins Drogba on the sidelines for Saturday's game at St James' Park, although Nicolas Anelka is fit to start.[LNB]"Drogba has a problem," continued Hiddink. "We did some exercises where he got injured. There's a little bit of a problem.[LNB]"He won't be in the squad tomorrow. We did some shooting practice and he hit the ground with his toe and the reaction was in his ankle.[LNB]"Anelka is in. He practises better and better recently, so he's in the squad.[LNB]"Bosingwa got a hamstring injury. He won't be available for tomorrow's game. We'll see what he can do up until Wednesday. Carvalho had a little bruise, but he's in the squad."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports