Hiddink to take up Turkey role

17 February 2010 11:17
Experienced Dutch coach Guus Hiddink has confirmed that he will leave his current position with Russia when his contract expires at the end of June to become Turkey's new manager. The 63-year-old, who enjoyed a productive spell in charge of Chelsea last season, guiding the club to victory in the FA Cup Final and to the semi-finals of the Champions League, steps down from his current position after failing to guide Russia to this summer's World Cup finals in South Africa. Hiddink has agreed a two-year deal with Turkey with the option of two more years. "The Turkish Football Federation chairman and vice-chairman met Mr Hiddink in Amsterdam (Tuesday) and agreed on a deal of four years, of which two years will be optional," read a federation statement. Hiddink had been tipped to return to the Premier League in the summer with speculation linking him with the managerial position at Liverpool. He has a wealth of international experience, having guided the Netherlands to the World Cup semi-finals in 1998, South Korea to the last four in 2002 and Australia to the knockout stage four years ago.

Source: ESA