- © RIA Novosti. Grigory Sysoev
© RIA Novosti. Grigory Sysoev
MOSCOW, November 27 (R-Sport) - Dutch coach Guus Hiddink is to retire at the end of the season, even if his club Anzhi achieve their goal of qualifying for the Champions League, he told Dutch state television Tuesday.
Hiddink has led Real Madrid and Chelsea during a 30-year coaching career and reached the semifinals of two World Cups and Euro 2008.
“I will stop in principle after this season. I’m 66 years old, you could say that it is enough,” he said.
“Anzhi is in principle the last team I will lead as a coach.”
Even a Champions League place, the dream of Anzhi’s billionaire owner Suleiman Kerimov, would not tempt Hiddink to stay, he added.
Hiddink said he would likely stay in football as an adviser to coaches or young players.
Hiddink became one of the world's highest-paid coaches when he joined on a reported 10-million-euro deal in February.
He took over from Yuri Krasnozhan with the explicit mandate to qualify for Europe, and has already secured a place for Anzhi in the Europa League knockout stages this season, with a group game to spare.