Second coming for Guus Hiddink at Chelsea
Anzhi Makhachkala manager Guus Hiddink has declared the possibility of his return to the Premier League. The former Chelsea manager claims he might be at the helm of a Premier League club this summer.
Guus Hiddink has led Anzhi Makhachkala to their best campaign in the Europa League this season. Anzhi Makhachkala were unable to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Europa League because of a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Thursday. Papiss Demba Cisse scored the only goal of the two legs in injury time to end Anzhi Makhachkala’s run in the Europa League.
The former Real Madrid boss confesses he would relish the opportunity to become manager of a Premier League club once again. Guus Hiddink admitted he was aware of rumors suggesting his return to the Premier League; however for now he was focused on helping Anzhi Makhachkala with the Russian Premier League. Anzhi Makhachkala sits second on the table and possess a real opportunity to claim the title.
“Of course. That's another question [about returning to England],” Guus Hiddink said. “I enjoyed very much [my time in England] I follow a lot the Premier League of course. When in my Chelsea time here, we had a good result here I remember. I enjoyed very much playing here and overall in the Premier League is what every player likes to do and also the managers and coaches they like to work into the big leagues of course.
“Part of the second question, I don't know because I'm not the youngest anymore although I feel energetic and love to be on the pitch almost every day with the guys so there's energy left but I never can predict my future because a big part of future is already behind me.
“I'd like to add a little sentence to that. It doesn't seem in my answer I am having a lot of joy in my current job which is not true. I love the job which I'm doing now, as [Anzhi defender] Joao Carlos just said Anzhi is coming internationally from a small club, within one year the club image has increased a lot the seriousness within the club. The way we are trying to play has given me a lot of energy. Plus I can have influence in the let's say restructuring of what has to be in my opinion a serious club.”
Rife rumors suggest Chelsea’s billionaire Russian owner Roman Abramovich will recall Guus Hiddink to replace the club’s interim manager Rafael Benitez at the end of the season. Guus Hiddink remained coy on topic, although he did talk about Chelsea.
“I like very much the attitude of the players I had at Chelsea in my time. I like very much the atmosphere in the stadium,” Guus Hiddink said. “The public who can enjoy very much the way of playing of course they can be full of criticism but mainly they enjoy going to the stadium. I feel as managers we have the obligation to put ourselves every now and then in the situation of the public and why they are coming to the stadium to live up to that standard. They respect the team very much. The public is full of respect for the teams when you work properly.”