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Decision up to Chelsea - Hiddink
Published : 22 Apr 2009 06:45:00Rss feed
Interim coach Guus Hiddink has not told the Chelsea board who he thinks should replace him in the Stamford Bridge hotseat next season. Hiddink insists he will walk away from the club and return to concentrating on his role as coach of the Russia national side after the FA Cup final against Everton on May 30. The Dutchman has a very close relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and the Blues are expected to ask Hiddink who his successor should be.But Hiddink admits that, so far, he has not put any of his views forward to the board. "It's up to the board, the people who make that final decision in this club," said Hiddink. "Even if I would have some ideas or thoughts, then I would have addressed myself to the persons who have to make decisions. But not so far." Hiddink also refused to comment on continuing speculation that fellow Dutchman Frank Rijkaard, currently out of work, could be his replacement. "I know Frank, but I know Carlo Ancelotti and other candidates whose names have appeared," said Hiddink. "I cannot give any comments on this. They, and others, have experience of big clubs." Hiddink also insists he will not feel guilty about walking away from the players he has transformed since his arrival as successor to the sacked Luiz Felipe Scolari. "We're getting very sentimental now," said Hiddink. "It's a tough business, even if there are human sentiments. "I love working here - that's no secret - and some players talk about that, but you have to think about what was first in this relationship. "If it had been the other way around, then yes. But guilt? I'd only feel that if I'd done something wrong, morally." Chelsea face Everton on Wednesday night in a game that is already being billed a dress rehearsal for the FA Cup final in May. Everton manager David Moyes believes he is on the brink of winning his first major trophy with the club and Hiddink has much admiration for his efforts at Goodison Park. "David Moyes has done terrific work with Everton," said Hiddink. "Of course, they are focusing on May 30, but so do we. It's important for both of us. "They have to rise to the occasion, and use their qualities. Which team does that will win this game. They rose to the occasion against Manchester United, who were favourites."
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