For Roman’s sake,Guus happy to help

Russian Football Association gave Guus Hiddink the go-ahead on Tuesday to take over as Chelsea manager until the end of the season while continuing as Russia coach....

Written by Reuters | Belek (turkey) | Published: February 11, 2009 2:29 pm

Russian Football Association gave Guus Hiddink the go-ahead on Tuesday to take over as Chelsea manager until the end of the season while continuing as Russia coach.

Hiddink said that he had a special relationship with Chelsea’s owner Roman Abramovich and was approached by the Premier League club to coach the team after Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked on Monday. “I must say that this is an exceptional situation. If it was any other club aside from Chelsea my answer would be a straight ‘No’,” the Dutchman said. “But Chelsea is different because I have good relations with the (club) owner. So I would like to help them (Chelsea) in this situation if I could.”

Russian FA general director Alexei Sorokin later said from Moscow that the temporary appointment would not pose a problem and had been given their approval. “The timetable of the national team allows Guus to combine the two jobs,” he said.

Full-fledged role

ASKED if this would involve working as a consultant for Chelsea’s coaching staff,Hiddink said: “No,this would be a full managerial role,a day-to-day job,” he added. “Of course when Russia would play (World Cup qualifiers) I would go there to coach them during that (international window) as there won’t be any (league) games during that time. I have already done that (combining two jobs) a couple of years ago when I was coaching Australia and PSV (Eindhoven),so I’m familiar with the situation,” he said.

Hiddink also confirmed that no final decision was made. “I did get a phone call from them (Chelsea management) and we discussed the situation but we haven’t come to a final decision just yet.”

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