Turkey in the dark over Hiddink

Reports have suggested Chelsea will attempt to reappoint the

Dutchman as manager in the coming days. Hiddink took charge of

Turkey for what could be the final time on Friday night as they

drew 1-1 with Belgium in their latest European Championship

qualifier. The 64-year-old has repeatedly refused to commit his

future to his current employers, who expressed concern on Saturday

over his recent comments. TFF spokesman Turker Tozar said: “That

creates a question mark, of course, because Turkish journalists ask

this question, English journalists also ask this question a couple

of times. “He always says the same things – he says nothing

concrete. “But you also cannot hear from him, ‘No, I’m not going

anywhere – I will stay in charge of the Turkish national team’.

There is uncertainty everywhere.” Hiddink further fuelled

speculation he would agree to return to Chelsea after the game.

Asked if he would ever manage Turkey again, he said: “I can’t

answer that. Everything is fluid. “My time at Chelsea was a

beautiful time. Everybody knows that. “I still have a contract with

Turkey but, at my age, when some issues come up, you always have to

talk about them. “At my age, most of my story is behind me.” He

added later: “I hope you understand that this is difficult and I

need people to respect that. “I am going on holiday now and I have

a plane to catch.” TFF president Mahmut Ozgener is also on holiday

for the next week. Hiddink has forged a close relationship with

Ozgener and the pair had lunch together on Friday. But Ozgener has

yet to decide whether to stand for re-election and is reportedly

likely to be defeated even if he does. Tozar said: “We don’t even

know if the president is going to be a candidate again in the

election. “People will think about everything when they are on

holidays and then they will get together for a talk.”