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Hiddink to leave Russia post

13 Feb 2010 - 14:23:51

Former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has confirmed he will leave his current role as Russia head coach when his contract expires in June.

Hiddink, who led the Blues to an FA Cup Final victory over Everton last season, has been linked with a potential coaching job at the World Cup Finals despite failing to lead Russia to South Africa.

They lost a qualifying play-off to Slovenia late last year and Hiddink will step down when his contract expires on June 30.

Earlier in the season, the 63-year-old former Netherlands, South Korea and Australia was linked with the coaching vacancy at Manchester City.

He has also been mentioned as a possible replacement for Rafael Benitez at Liverpool should the Spaniard leave Anfield at the end of the season.

"After a very comfortable conversation with the new chairman of the Russian association we decided to break up on 30 June," Hiddink told the De Telegraaf newspaper.

"We made the decision right now so the Russian association has enough time to find my successor."


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