Rene Meulensteen has moved into the top job with the cash rich Russian club following Guus Hiddink's resignation early yesterday morning. 

The exact reason for Guus Hiddink's departure is not yet clear after Barcelona announced the appointment of Gerardo Martino despite the Dutchman being favourite.

Quotes given by Guus Hiddink have appeared in the Guardian with the Dutch coach suggesting he had taken Anzhi as far as he felt he could. 

He said: "This decision was not easy for me, but I've always said that my mission at Anzhi could end when the club is able to develop and continue to grow by itself, without my participation." 

Rene Meulensteen was instantly promoted to the position of head coach, which suggests the Russian club were prepared for Hiddink's eventual exit regardless.

Hiddink himself leaves Russian football amidst a certain degree of controversy with the Dutch coach facing a potential six game ban following an altercation with an official, whom Hiddink appeared to push in Friday's defeat to Dinamo Moscow following the decision to award the Moscow side a dubious penalty. 

The six match ban was handed out by the Russian Football Union and not the continental governing body UEFA so Hiddink is free to manage in another European country without his suspension following him.

Rene Meulensteen approaches his latest attempt as a full time manager after having a relatively disappointing spell with Danish side Brondby in the 2006-2007 season. 

He will hope to improve on this record with Anzhi after a long spell working closely with Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. 

Meulensteen will have a completely different echelon of quality within the Anzhi squad at his disposal in comparison to that he had during his time with Brondby and it is expected the Dutch coach will be able to guide Anzhi to a successful season in the Russian Premier League.

Anzhi issued a club statement informing supporters that they have accepted Guus Hiddink's resignation and thanked the former Chelsea boss for the work he had done with the club. 

It read: "The club sincerely thanks Guus Hiddink for his significant contribution to the club's development and wishes him success in his future career."


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