Sunday 17 December 2017

Uncertainty for Hiddink

The appointment of a new president of the Russian football union could pave the way for Guus Hiddink to leave his coaching post.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss is currently a target of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), who are seeking a high-profile coach to lead them in this summer's World Cup after Shaibu Amodu was dismissed last Friday.

A special technical committee has been convened with the task of drawing up a shortlist from six names -- Hiddink, current Bayern Munich manager Louis van Gaal, Englishman Peter Taylor, ex-Ghana coach Ratomir Dujkovic, Qatar chief Bruno Metsu and Egypt's Hassan Shehata.

With the appointment of Sergei Fursenko as the new supremo of the Russian Football Union (RFU) last week, Hiddink may now be open to other offers.

"Currently there is a new president at the Russia Federation and that might change the situation a bit," said Hiddink's representative Cees van Nieuwenhuizen.

"Already he has received offers from other countries who want him to take them to the World Cup.

"One of them is North Korea. Guus did not want to go anywhere because he did not qualify Russia for the World Cup, but now with the new president things might have changed."

However, Van Nieuwenhuizen reiterated that Hiddink was fully committed to his current role and any possibility of a move would have to receive the green light from the RFU.

"Guus is a loyal employee of the Russian Football Federation" he said. "He has a contract until July 15 and he never breaks a contract. If, and I say if because we have not been officially contacted by the Nigeria federation, if we get such an offer we will have to discuss it with the Russian Federation."

Meanwhile, AC Milan playmaker Ronaldinho has not been included in the Brazil squad for next month's friendly international against Republic of Ireland at Emirates Stadium. Coach Dunga yesterday named a 22-man squad for their final friendly before South Africa, leaving Ronaldinho's World Cup participation in in doubt.

There is no place either for Chelsea defender Alex, but Manchester City striker Robinho, currently on loan in his homeland with Santos, has been selected.

Irish Independent

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