Sunday 22 April 2018

Guus Hiddink hints at Chelsea return after Turkey exIts Euro 2012

Guus Hiddink. Photo: Getty Images
Guus Hiddink. Photo: Getty Images

Luke Edwards

GUUS Hiddink has said he is tempted by a return to England and could be ready to accept a director of football role at Chelsea following Turkey’s failure to qualify for the European Championships.

The Dutchman, a close friend of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, expects to end his association with the Turkish Football Federation in the next few days following their inability to beat Croatia in a two-leg play-off.

Turkey were thrashed 3-0 in Istanbul last week and Croatia completed the job with a goalless draw in Zagreb last night, with Turkish supporters and media calling for the manager’s head.

“I’ve not made up my mind about the future yet,” Hiddink said. “I’m going to take some time off and then we will see what happens, but I had a wonderful time in England.

“It was great at Chelsea, a terrific time, but that doesn’t mean I am ready to start tomorrow. I need some time to reflect.

“I’m not ready to retire, I like to be involved with a team on a daily basis, but maybe I am ready to step out of the limelight a little bit, away from the cameras. Hopefully I will still be involved but perhaps it will be as an adviser or a consultant.”

Hiddink, who won the FA Cup with Chelsea two years ago, may well be asked to return to Stamford Bridge to support coach Andre Villas-Boas. “I’d like to give advice here and there in order to help new people to take over from the old guard,” he added.

He who has enjoyed vast success in club and international football, was appointed caretaker manager of Chelsea in Feb 2009, losing only one league game in almost four months and leading the club to victory over Everton in the FA Cup final.

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