Megabucks side Anzhi’s boss search ends in mild Guus chase
Andre Villas-Boas can breath a sigh of relief and Fabio Capello can stop waiting by the phone – the new boss of megabucks Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala is former Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink.
Though mild-mannered Hiddink had been tipped as a possible successor to the floundering Villas-Boas at Chelsea and Capello was believe to be interested in taking a lucrative Anzhi paycheck, the move is both a surprise but also a sign of the Dagestan club’s ambitions. Last summer the side picked up former Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o in an audacious transfer swoop.
Hiddink has agreed an 18-month deal to take over at the side, while reports in Holland claim is worth a staggering €10 million-a-year. The move is expected to be announced within the next 24 hours.
The new position will be Hiddink’s first permanent club role for six years, as his most recent club foray was a successful run with the Chelsea team from February 2009 until the end of the 2008/2009 Premier League season.
Hiddink was manager of Russia at the time and the former PSV boss is mainly revered for his successes at international football, such as taking South Korea to the World Cup semi-finals in 2002 or bringing Australia to their first World Cup tournament in 32 years in 2006.
Today’s news comes as something of a surprise, however, as Hiddink did not speak of Anzhi in glowing terms just four weeks ago.
“When I worked with the Russian national team I was defending the limit on foreign players, and Anzhi asked me to change my football philosophy,” he told the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf in mid-January. For €10 million, we’d be happy to change plenty of things too.