Hiddink leaves door open to Chelsea move
Guus Hiddink Guus Hiddink left the possibility of a return to
Chelsea open on Friday and his future with Turkey uncertain.
The 64-year-old Dutchman put a hand over his heart when
recollections of Chelsea came up and said ”it was a beautiful
time.” Despite his contract with Turkey till next year, he did not
rule reliving them soon.
When asked after Turkey’s 1-1 draw with Belgium late Friday
whether he would be in charge of its next Euro 2012 qualifier in
September, he said ”we’ll see.”
”There is nothing certain,” he said.
Team captain John Terry said he would welcome back Hiddink, who
has remained as a Chelsea adviser since winning the FA Cup in 2009.
Carlo Ancelotti was fired last month after his second season at
Stamford Bridge ended without a trophy.
”At my age, when some issues can come up we can always talk,”
Turkey is in a hot race for second place in Group A of Euro
2012, the kind of international challenge Hiddink has always
thrived on since he took South Korea into the semifinals of World
Cup 2002 and Australia into the second round four years later.
Stanford Bridge though also still tugs at his heart.
Hiddink insisted only one thing was certain as of next week. He
was going on holiday, happy to see how his future would play
He certainly did not show any detachment from Turkey’s national
team, trying to bring any question about his future back to
Friday’s game, which he was lucky to escape with a draw after
Belgium’s Axel Witsel missed a late penalty.
”We were lucky that it was missed,” Hiddink said. ”We can be
happy with the result.”
Behind runaway leader Germany with a perfect 18 points, Belgium
held on to second place with 11 points from seven games, with
Turkey totaling 10 points from six. Second place almost certainly
assures a playoff spot for the finals in Poland-Ukraine next
Whatever happens, Hiddink took a philosophical approach. ”My
future is more behind me than in front of me.”