Guus holds key to Blues plans

The Dutchman appears to be Roman Abramovich’s number one target to
succeed Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked barely an hour after last
night’s final game of the season. Hiddink reprising the role he
filled on a temporary basis to such great effect two years ago
seemed unlikely until today, amid reports he was not keen on a
return to frontline club management and staunch opposition from his
current employers at the Turkish Football Federation. But agent
Cees van Nieuwenhuizen this morning refused to rule out a club
management role being Hiddink’s next job, while the TFF on Monday
afternoon adopted a far more relaxed response to the latest rumours
linking the Turkey boss to Stamford Bridge. Senior national team
communications manager Turker Tozar said: “At this stage, we will
leave everything to Mr Hiddink and if he sees the need to speak
about this issue, he will do this personally. “We have a press
conference on May 27. If he wishes comment on these rumours or
leaks, he will do it.” Pressed on whether they would refuse any
approach for Hiddink from Chelsea, Tozar added: “Last month, our
vice-president was asked and he said we had long-term plans with Mr
Hiddink. “If there are new issues, Hiddink will talk about this.”
Van Nieuwenhuizen earlier warned the earliest Hiddink would
currently be available would be October as he would not break his
contract with the TFF. But pressed on whether his client had
completely ruled out a club management role as his next move, he
said: “I don’t know that you can say that. “He is focusing on his
job and he likes what he is doing. “He said also in his column on
Saturday in De Telegraaf, the Dutch newspaper, that as long as he
is in the race for the European Championship with Turkey, he would
continue to focus on that. “Once that is finished, he will start
thinking about his future.” Hiddink is contracted to Turkey until
the end of Euro 2012 but will leave his position immediately if
they fail to qualify. They currently lie third in Group A and face
a crucial match with second-placed Belgium on June 3. Defeat would
leave them four points adrift of a play-off spot with four games
remaining and it is not beyond the realms of possibility that he
could be sacked. If not, Chelsea could be faced with the dilemma of
waiting for him to become available – and appointing an interim
manager – or looking elsewhere. The Blues would also need to
establish for certain whether the Dutchman would prefer to move
into a sporting director role. If so, they would face competition
from Ajax and PSV Eindhoven, with the former club having already
approached Hiddink about taking a place on their board. Van
Nieuwenhuizen said: “Johan Cruyff has also already spoken to him a
couple of times in the last couple of months, because Johan is
right now restructuring at Ajax. “He has been saying, ‘Maybe we can
do this together’. Hiddink revealed in his column on Saturday that
he was still acting as an adviser to Chelsea owner Abramovich. Van
Nieuwenhuizen said: “I know that he has a very good relationship
with some people at Chelsea and that he is every now and then
talking to Roman Abramovich – but more out of a friendship that was
based on the months that they spent together.” Van Nieuwenhuizen
insisted he knew nothing of reports Hiddink had recommended Marco
van Basten to Abramovich as an alternative to himself as manager
but confirmed the fellow Dutchmen were in touch. “They meet each
other every now and then,” he said. Van Basten’s agent Perry van
Overeem told Press Association Sport there had been no approach
from Chelsea for the former Holland player and manager, who has
been out of work since leaving Ajax two years ago and is currently
mulling over more than one offer to return to the game. The other
name heavily touted as successor to Ancelotti – who was sacked
barely and hour after yesterday’s final game of the season at
Everton – is Porto sensation Andre Villas-Boas. The 33-year-old
distanced himself from the job after winning the Europa League on
Wednesday night and he reportedly has a 15million-euro
(£13million) release clause in his contract. That could leave
the door open for a raft of other candidates, with rumours even
Jose Mourinho is under consideration.