Hiddink: I will be Russia coach
Guus Hiddink has announced he will be the next coach of the Russian national team.
Hiddink, who will leave Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven at the end of the season and will coach Australia during the World Cup, made the announcement on TV programme Holland Sport.
'I'm glad that this is off my chest now,' said Hiddink, who had been one of the early front-runners touted as a replacement for departing England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson.
'If all the final details in my private life are settled as planned the deal will be sealed.
'I have been to Russia already to look at things and I already know that it will be fun to work there. They have some young players with a great future, as far as I can tell now.
'I will live in Amsterdam and fly to Russia whenever it's needed. That could be for a period of several weeks or just for a few days.'
Hiddink revealed that PSV's connections with Chelsea, who are owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, had helped ease the move.
The former Holland, Real Madrid and South Korea coach said: 'Of course I spoke in the past with the Russians at Chelsea already and that has helped now too.'
Hiddink said he would have a free hand to run the team the way he wanted.
'As national coach you are given a free hand to work like you are used to, like I have as coach of Netherlands, South Korea and Australia,' said Hiddink. 'Nobody puts the slightest obstacle in your way.'
He said last month that his decision to leave PSV was caused by a combination of factors.
This season Hiddink publicly clashed with chairman Ron Westerhof.
Hiddink said his backroom team would be a combination of Dutch and Russian staff.
'I will form a Dutch staff but also with a Russian who knows Russian football,' said Hiddink. 'We have to analyse the situation and get the team afloat.'