Captain John Terry has urged the Chelsea hierarchy to ensure Guus Hiddink stays at Stamford Bridge after drawing a line under the Jose Mourinho era.
Hiddink is only in charge of the Blues until the end of the season when he will return to his other role as head coach of the Russia national side.
The Dutch coach agreed to take the reins following a call from friend and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in February after the departure of Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Hiddink has kept the Blues in the hunt for a Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup treble and Terry believes the club has finally emerged from the shadow created by the departure of former boss Mourinho in 2007.
Speaking about Hiddink, Terry told The Observer: "Things have gone very well and I'm sure there will be talks ongoing. If we keep progressing there's only going to be one option.
"He's done brilliantly. He's on at us every day in training and he doesn't let anyone get away with anything."
Regarding Mourinho, Terry added: "Listen, Jose was a great manager and had some great times here. But it's someone else's turn now to kick on.
"Mourinho is a world-class manager, a lot of the players are still in contact with him. But we need stability at the club now.
"The manager's done brilliantly and got us playing freely. But it's down to the board to make those decisions."