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.