Hiddink hints at Chelsea stay

2009-03-20 06:45

London - Guus Hiddink hinted on Friday he could take over at Chelsea on a full-time basis if Russia failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup finals.

The Dutchman took over at the Premier League club on a short-term basis last month, saying he would combine the job with his commitments as Russia coach until the end of the season.

"I will focus on Russia after this (Chelsea) project but people say 'think about it, stay'," Hiddink told the Daily Express newspaper on Friday.

"I enjoy it with the Russians but I do have a clause that says we can stop in November if Russia don't qualify.

"Then the Russian FA can choose another direction and I would be free to go," he added.

Since Hiddink replaced Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari, Chelsea have gone on a seven-match unbeaten run and have closed the gap on Manchester United to four points at the top of the Premier League table.

The Stamford Bridge club have also reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League and set up a meeting with London rivals Arsenal in the semi-finals of the FA Cup next month.

The draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Champions League will be held later on Friday.


  • mike - 2009-03-20 08:44

    I would love to see Guus Hiddink stay at Chelsea, his unbeaten record thus far and the players love for him could mean great potential for Chelsea. He is a great coach and i hope he does stay.

  • Sello - 2009-03-20 09:54

    Too early to say, remember Avran Grant also started by having a nice unbeaten record after he took over from Mourhino, then suddenly hell broke loose, Scolari also did not start with defeats, but then another hell broke loose too. Hiddink may need to steer the ship for one more season before he can have the real Stamford Bridge test.

  • magda - 2009-03-20 14:26

    I would like to see Hiddink stay, he inspires players; Drogba is back to his old self and playing him with Anelka, Scolari said it could not be done but it is working out.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-20 15:31

    I am a devoted red devil fan who will welcome another dimension of management style and approach to the FAPL. Unfortunately since it's inception the premier league has been dominated by MAN UTD despite other winners. Hiddink's credentials as coach of league and international teams are second to none. Having a different technician to Sir Alex could mean added excitement to a league where there are no real serious competitors to UTD's assault on the league title in recent years. For the sake of creating even more excitement i hope Hiddink remains at chelsea.

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