Hiddink’s Russia commitment problem for AbramovichApril 11th, 2009 - 4:15 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 11 (IANS) Guss Hiddink might be the ideal football coach Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich has been looking for in the last six years. But the Dutchman will not stay at Stamford Bridge beyond the season since his priority is the Russian national team.
Hiddink has received the official stamp of approval from Abramovich after the London club’s 3-1 triumph at Liverpool Wednesday night. The Russian, who was in Israel, sent a congratulatory message to Hiddink.
“He did not speak to me directly but through his man, he expressed his joy about the win,” Hiddink was quoted as saying by The Independent. “And also, because he likes good attacking football and the way of playing, he expressed his joy at that.”
Hiddink might fit Abramovich’s bill. But the problem for the Russian is that the Chelsea coach will be back in Moscow in seven weeks.
The erudite Dutchman made it clear there is no chance he will be staying on beyond the end of the season, at which point he will return to coach Russia full-time.
“It is a moral issue,” Hiddink said. “I am not a great moralist of the world, I am a realist, but I owe it to the Russia players.”
When he took over, Hiddink insisted that his sole focus is the 50 days he has left at Stamford Bridge in which to cement his place in Chelsea history.
“I am happy and satisfied and proud of what we’ve achieved so far but we want to take the ultimate steps,” Hiddink said. “They are big players; they challenge each other in a good way as well. Nobody is allowed to fly outside the team interest, which is good.”
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