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Hiddink Ready For Short-Term Takeover At Chelsea

  • Reuters, Tuesday, February 10, 2009 3:01 PM
Russian national team coach Guus Hiddink has said that he is in talks with Chelsea to take over as manager until the end of the season, while continuing as Russia coach. Hiddink said the club approached him on Monday, the day it sacked Luiz Felipe Scolari.
 
"I have to admit it's a complicated situation involving the Russian national team and Chelsea," Hiddink told Reuters. "I must say that this is an exceptional situation. If it was any other club aside from Chelsea, my answer would be a straight 'No'. But Chelsea is different because I have good relations with the owner [Roman Abramovich]. So I would like to help them in this situation if I could."
 
"This would be a full managerial role, a day-to-day job," Hiddink said. "But this would only be for the next two or three months until the end of the season. Of course when Russia would play I would go there to coach them. I will not leave my job with the Russian national team. It's out of the question. When I took the Russia job it was a long-term project and I don't like to leave it unfinished."

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