WITH Guus Hiddink shortly expected to be back in the Chelsea fold: what will he be doing at Chelsea, and how will he bring in the silverware that Roman Abramovich so craves?
Though it seems certain Hiddink will have a major influence at Chelsea come their 2011/12 Premier League kick off at Stoke City, it is yet to be clear what his precise role will be with the club.
Abramovich is understood to want him installed as manager; though Hiddink has been saying for some years that he is keen on a less physically-demanding role at the age of 64.
Whatever the role, what would Hiddink do differently? And how would he avoid befalling the same fate as Carlo Ancelotti.
Hiddink gave a glimpse of his philosophy that sets him aside in Abramovich's eyes towards the end of his caretaker stint with the club.
It was after perhaps the greatest triumph of his short previous spell, the 1-4 humbling of Arsenal at The Emirates, that he was asked what he had managed to change in three months at Chelsea.
He began his explanation wit the diplomacy that has endeared him to Abramovic: "I don't want to judge about the previous situation," he said.
And then he summed up, in a nutshell, all that had gone wrong under his then predecessor Luiz Felipe Scolari: "One of the issues is when you have big players you must discover if they have the will and the quality to work for each other.
"That's easily said, because everyone has his smaller or bigger ego," he continued before explaining why people like Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda, such under-achievers with Scolari, had flourished under him.
"Its very important that, whatever the name and the status of a player, they are helping the others out as well in the dirty work.
"Its not just the nice work and the nice goals, and the nice assists when you get a lot of the camera. But its the basic qualities that a team has to have that are the fundamentals to perform."
All well and good. But what happens when things go wrong: when those big names won't take one for the team?
Hiddink, with wry aloof smile, didn't miss a beat: "If the big stars are not willing to do so, then I start fighting with them."
And there, summed up in less than 20 off-the-cuff seconds by the Dutchman, was the difference.
Hiddink is a man manager, a tactician, a linguist, a visionary in terms of how he see a club developing. But more than that, he is a man who commands massive respect among his players.
There were few occasions in his two years with the club that Ancelotti could lay claim to all of those epithets. And even Jose Mourinho struggled at times to garner the full set.
Which is why Abramovich is so very keen to have Hiddink back at Chelsea.