Hiddink to coach Russia after World Cup

11th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

11 April 2006, AMSTERDAM — Dutchman Guus Hiddink is to become coach of the Russian national side after the soccer World Cup in Germany this summer.

11 April 2006

AMSTERDAM — Dutchman Guus Hiddink is to become coach of the Russian national side after the soccer World Cup in Germany this summer.

Hiddink, who steps down as trainer to Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven at the end of this season, told Dutch sports programme Holland Sport late on Monday that he is in "heavy discussions" with the Russian football federation. "My business representatives are working out the final details of the contract," he said.

Russia's choice of the 59-year-old Dutchman comes as no surprise as it has been known for some time he was an important candidate for the country that failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Hiddink's business manager Cees van Nieuwenhuizen said later on Monday that they were discussing a two-year contract, with an option for another two seasons. Hiddink will be national coach and technical director.

Russia will be the fourth national side for Hiddink. Having previous been in charge of the Dutch side and leading South Korea to the World Cup, Hiddink guided Australia to a first World Cup appearance in 32 years.

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