Guus Hiddink has resigned as manager of Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.

The Dutch manager joined Anzhi in February 2012 and last month he signed a one-year contract extension.

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen, who recently joined Anzhi as Hiddink's assistant, has taken over the Russian club.

Anzhi released a statement on the club website following Hiddink's resignation, which read: "The Club sincerely thanks Guus Hiddink for his significant contributions to the club and wish him success in his future career. Hiddink has played an important role in the development of the club. He helped achieve the best league finish in our history."

Hiddink is reported to have given his resignation after the incident in which he pushed a fourth official during a league game against Dinamo Moscow.

The 66-year-old apologised for his behaviour, and was given a six-match ban for his doing. But there were also reports that he gave his resignation to become the next Barcelona manager.

However, these rumours proved unfounded, as Barcelona appointed former Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino on a two-year deal on Tuesday.

 

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