Hiddink sticks to short-term thinking

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New Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink is refusing to look beyond the current season after agreeing to combine his job as Russia coach in a short-term dual role.

The Stamford Bridge club have turned to the 62-year-old Dutchman following the sacking of Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Hiddink told Radio 538: "Abramovich does so much for Russian football that I wanted to do something back. One of these days I will go to London. I expect to be there on the field next week."

Hiddink will combine both roles, something he has done in the past with Australia and PSV Eindhoven.

Chelsea are seven points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United, having played a game more.

It is unclear whether or not Hiddink's stay at Chelsea may be extended beyond the end of the campaign - but Hiddink admits he has given it little thought.

He said: "There are two scenarios - it goes bad and they say 'go back east' or it goes well. But I'm not thinking that far ahead."

Hiddink has never before coached in England and has been out of club management since leaving PSV to take over Russia in 2006.

"Chelsea FC is delighted to confirm Guus Hiddink will become temporary coach until the end of the season," a Chelsea statement, released via their website "He is due to meet the players later this week. The club would like to take this opportunity to thank the Russian Football Union for their co-operation and understanding."

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