Guus Hiddink: I can't stay as manager of Chelsea

10 April 2009 06:50
Hiddink's demeanour at Anfield in midweek, when he guided Chelsea to an historic 3-1 Champions League victory over Liverpool, suggested he has fallen in love with the club despite a complicated job-share arrangement that sees him also remain as manager of the Russian national team.

Chelsea are now within touching distance of the semi-finals in Europe and also through to the last four of The FA Cup and sit third in the Premiership, closing in on leaders Manchester United as Sir Alex Ferguson's team begins to capitulate.

 Related ArticlesHiddink not after PavlyuchenkoVilla committed to ValenciaHiddink: Roman wasted at SpursChelsea eye £45m Villa bidPremier League team newsSomething for the WeekendIt should add up to good times at Stamford Bridge but instead Hiddink, who has only 50 days remaining in west London even if Chelsea reach the Champions League Final, continues to insist he is unable to take the job permanently.

He said: "I have my contract with Russia and I do it whole-heartedly. Two years ago, we renewed it and we are educating the young players in Russia now as well.

"The moral standards are sometimes going up and down in our business but I want to see it through to the end.

"Nobody has spoken to me about it at Chelsea as it was clear beforehand. Everyone knows the supportive relations between Roman Abramovich and the Russian Federation so it's obvious.

"But it's about the Russian players as well. They are not officially involved in making a decision in ending a contract which has not yet expired but they are part of this process.

"I was the initiator to renew a lot of things with them. I am not a great moralist of the world but I owe to the players. I am challenging them all the time and, with all the respect, they could blame me for not standing to my own values. It's very important for me to stick to my word."

Hiddink's situation could still change if Abramovich found a way of smoothing things over with the Russian Federation, of course, but the strength of his comments suggest at present no such compromise is on the horizon and explains why Chelsea have been so heavily linked with AC Milan's Carlo Ancelotti.

Instead Hiddink is concentrating on ending his Chelsea career on a high with a Treble of Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup not completely out of the question.

"Talking about the league, the other ones must stumble and we must not drop any points," said Hiddink ahead of today's game against Bolton for which he has no new injury worries. "It's difficult but still a reachable goal.

"The other two roads we have a FA Cup semi-final, also a big game against a big club in Arsenal, and a difficult game on Tuesday against Liverpool. But first step first, which is Bolton."

Meanwhile Hiddink has distanced himself from quotes on a Russian website criticising Harry Redknapp's handling of Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko and suggesting the forward should move to Chelsea instead.

Hiddink said: "It's not on my website – I don't have a website to write on. Harry Redknapp knows exactly what to do with his players, he's a respected professional and I didn't mention anything about Pavlyuchenko.

"The only thing I said when I was with Russia was that if you want to survive in England you must keep on fighting to play regularly. But nothing in relation to his coach or to Chelsea."

The Dutchman also dismissed speculation that Chelsea are set to make a bid for striker David Villa, especially as the Spaniard announced that he is ready to sign a new contract at Valencia. "That must be a Spanish website," he joked.

After his comments Hiddink's own future should be equally clear. But all the same, nobody at Stamford Bridge is saying goodbye just yet.


Source: Telegraph