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Nigeria not in Hiddink’s plans

By John Egbokhan
Nigeria’s dream of wooing Russia manager Guus Hiddink to tinker the Eagles to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, yesterday suffered a glitch after the Dutch tactician hinted at a possible move back to Chelsea, this time as a technical director of the club.

The former South Korean coach, had a brief but successful spell at Stamford Bridge last season, which culminated in Chelsea claiming the FA Cup, while missing the Premiership diadem by the slimmest of margins to arch rivals, Manchester United.

Hiddink currently holds the reins to the Russian national team, but failure to qualify for the 2010 World Cup has given rise to speculation that the former South Korea boss could be on his way out  and one of such destinations is Nigeria, who are reported to land a coach in the class of 63-year old Hiddink to oversee their campaign at the 2010 showpiece.

“I am interested in working as a technical director,” Hiddink said in The Daily Mail.

“On one hand, I am getting no younger and to work every day becomes less simple. On the other hand, the responsibilities of a technical director are more closely related to team affairs.

This job offers tighter influence on strategy and future development of a club. It is close to me.”

The initial plan was for the former Australia boss to act as an informal advisor at Stamford Bridge following his successful spell as interim manager, but Carlo Ancelotti will reportedly welcome the opportunity to work with Hiddink in a permanent capacity.


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