Russia, UK on horizon as Hiddink leaves PSV

24th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

24 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — Football coach Guus Hiddink announced on Friday he is leaving PSV Eindhoven at the end of the season.

24 March 2006

AMSTERDAM — Football coach Guus Hiddink announced on Friday he is leaving PSV Eindhoven at the end of the season.

He confirmed he has had preliminary talks with the Russian soccer federation and contact with other international football associations, but he said it will be "at least several weeks" before he makes a decision on what post to take on next.

Hiddink had a contract with PSV to 2007 and there has been speculation he may take over as Russian or England coach. South Africa has also been mentioned. "I know that there are rumours flying left and right, but we're still in the hatching stage," he said. "The fact is there's nothing concrete now, let alone anything signed."

PSV has a nine-point lead in in the Dutch league and is on course to retain the title. The club faces Ajax in the Dutch cup final on May 7. "I've decided to stop as trainer with PSV at the end of this season, and that's about it," Hiddink said. "It's been a good stretch, and at a certain moment it had to end."

Hiddink's credentials are impeccable. He has won the Dutch title five times with PSV in 1986-1990 and 2002-2006.

He was Holland's national coach in the mid-1990s and led the Dutch to the World Cup semifinals in 1998. Holland lost to Brazil on penalties.

He also guided South Korea to the semifinals of the 2002 World Cup and last year he helped Australia to its first World Cup qualification in 32 years.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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