No chance of job share, says new Turkey coach Hiddink

Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:58pm GMT

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Guus Hiddink has vowed to focus fully on his new role as Turkey coach, ruling out a similar job share to the one he experienced with Russia and Chelsea last year.

"I'm fully committed to Turkish football and to the Turkish Federation," the Dutchman told a news conference on Monday.

"Regarding your question that I could do another job with another club together with the federation, there is no way to do so."

Hiddink spent a short spell in charge of Chelsea in 2009 but always stressed that his involvement with the English Premier League club would only be brief because of his full-time commitment to the Russian Federation.

The Dutchman said Turkey's future was bright even though they failed to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa which starts in June.

"I think the future of Turkish football will be very healthy," said Hiddink before adding his first task was to qualify for Euro 2012.

Russia failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup under Hiddink and his last game in charge was a 1-1 friendly draw in Hungary earlier this month.

Turkish Football Federation chairman Mahmut Ozgener said the Dutchman was the right man for the job.


<p>Russia's national soccer coach Guus Hiddink reacts during a training session for the Euro 2008 soccer tournament in Basel June 20, 2008. REUTERS/Michael Kooren</p>
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