Hiddink saga twists away from Chelsea

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Chelsea insiders have revealed they have no plans to bring Guus Hiddink back to the club after their former stand-in boss was sacked from his role as manager of Turkey following their Euro 2012 play-off defeat at the hands of Croatia.


Highly respected Hiddink enjoyed a brief caretaker spell at Chelsea in 2009 following the departure of Brazilian boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, before returning to manage the Russian national side while Carlo Ancelotti assumed the reigns at Stamford Bridge.

Having enjoyed a positive relationship with Chelsea fans during his short stint, rumours speculating he would return to the west London club have increased, but The Independent reports that sources close to the club insist they have no plans in bringing Hiddink back in a director of football capacity alongside current boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Chelsea owner Roman Abrahmovich is said to have held informal talks with Hiddink, who is said to have been approached by another unnamed Premier League outfit.

Hiddink, who lost only once during his time at Stamford Bridge and guided the side to FA Cup success, remained coy on his future after losing his job following the 3-0 aggregate defeat against Croatia on Tuesday.

“It was great at Chelsea, a terrific time, but that doesn’t mean I am ready to start tomorrow. I need some time to reflect. Even at my age I need to decide what my future may be.” He told the Telegraph.

“I’m not ready to retire, I like to be involved with a team on a daily basis, but maybe I am ready to step out of the limelight a little bit, away from the cameras. Hopefully I will still be involved but perhaps it will be as an advisor or a consultant.”

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