Hiddink refuses to wait for Liverpool as he agrees to take over at Turkey

17 February 2010 04:08
This way Turkey: Guus Hiddink

Guus Hiddink has agreed to lead Turkey for the Euro 2012 qualifiers, closing the door on return to English football.

The 63-year-old, who last week announced he would not be renewing his contract with Russia, has signed a two-year deal with the option for it to be extended up to the 2014 World Cup.

Hiddink would have been the frontrunner to take over at Liverpool if Rafa Benitez follows up interest in taking over at Italian giants Juventus.

The Dutchman also had an open invitation to return to Chelsea as technical director after bringing stability to the Blues as interim boss last season.

But despite expressing a desire to return to the Barclays Premier League, Hiddink has accepted an offer thought to be worth about £3.25million a year - around half the incredible salary he receives in his current role.

The former PSV Eindhoven boss had been offered the Manchester City job before Roberto Mancini took over but was not keen to break his contract with the Russian FA.

He recently admitted a return to day-to-day club management was daunting at his age and he appears to have concluded that continuing in international management would suit him better.

Successful fling: Hiddink helped Chelsea to the FA Cup last season

Hiddink has come in for criticism recently for the littletime he spends in Russia, appearing in Moscow from his base in Hollandonly in run-up to matches.

His contract starts on August 1,though there will now be pressure to release him early from his currentcontract to give his replacement plenty of time to rebuild a side whofell dramatically from grace after finishing third at Euro 2008.

However,waiting till the end of the European season may suit the Russian FA,who are considering an approach for Dynamo Kiev boss Valery Gazzaev.Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni is also on their shortlist of targets.

Hiddink replaces Fatih Terim, who quit after Turkey failed to reach the World Cup.

For Euro 21012 qualifiers, Turkey are in Group A, along with Germany, Austria, Belgium, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.

Misfiring: Turkey's Semih Senturk (left) sees a shot blocked by Nicolas Lombaerts during the World Cup qualifier against Belgium in October

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Source: Daily_Mail

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