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Turkey to resist Chelsea move for Hiddink

Published 15/04/2011 | 05:00

Chelsea will have a fight on their hands to lure Turkey boss Guus Hiddink as their next manager once Carlo Ancelotti leaves the club.

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The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) declared yesterday that it would resist any attempt made by Chelsea to persuade Hiddink to join them.

Indeed a spokesman for the TFF said that the organisation was convinced Hiddink would not quit because he would not want to be deemed a "failure" in Turkish football.

One of the few blots on Hiddink's CV is his brief period in charge of Fenerbahce, who sacked him in 1990, and Turker Tozar said he felt the coach "wanted to prove himself to Turkey".

Tozar, the senior national team communications manager, added that they wanted Hiddink to remain in charge for the 2014 World Cup even if Turkey failed to qualify for Euro 2012.

However, Hiddink's agent, Cees Van Nieuwenhuizen, has already stated that his client will quit if Turkey fail to make this November's play-offs. The hope at Chelsea is that Turkey will lose their next qualifier in June, which will lead to Hiddink's departure.

He is not the only candidate -- although he is by far the number one choice of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich -- should, as expected, Ancelotti leave. Chelsea are also considering Porto coach Andre Villas-Boas and Marco Van Basten, while the club is also aware that Mark Hughes' contract at Fulham expires this summer.

Tozar also said that Hiddink would be prevented from coaching Chelsea and Turkey at the same time because of a specific clause in his contract.

Irish Independent

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