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Football: Russia Give Hiddink All Clear To Coach Chelsea

Posted on: February 11, 2009

MOSCOW: The Russian Football Union (RFU) has given Guus Hiddink the go ahead to take over from sacked Luiz Felipe Scolari as coach of Chelsea.

In a statement the RFU said they had no objection against the Dutchman combining his role as manager of Russia with filling in at Stamford Bridge until the end of the Premier League season.

“We confirm that Chelsea officials have asked the RFU to give their approval to Hiddink to combine his post of Russia’s national manager with Chelsea coaching,” the statement on the RFU website said.

“The English side has offered Hiddink to coach Chelsea until the end of this English Premiership season in May.

“We are ready to agree with this proposal if coaching of the Russian national squad remains a matter of top priority for the Dutch coach.”

The statement added that the RFU believed that such a cooperation would not harm Russia’s 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.

The RFU stressed that Hiddink would remain as the country’s manager until the end of 2010 World Cup.

Details of the agreement are due to be finalised at a meeting between Chelsea and the RFU. – AFP/de

Channel News Asia


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