Turkey news

Hiddink issues quit threat

March 23, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Turkey coach Guus Hiddink has said that he will tender his resignation if his side fail to beat Austria and Belgium in their next two Euro 2012 qualifying games.

Guus Hiddink and Roman Abramovich
PA PhotosGuus Hiddink won the FA Cup during a three-month spell as Chelsea boss in 2009

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Hiddink's side currently lie third in Group A - behind runaway leaders Germany and Austria - and suffered a shock 1-0 defeat in Azerbaijan in their last game. Now, the Dutch boss has alerted Europe's top club teams - including his former club Chelsea - with the news that he could quit if Turkey do not take six points from their next two.

''I'm trying to make a better Turkish national team,'' Hiddink said. ''If I can't do that, I'll ask the chairman to sack me. Six points from these two games is vital. If we don't get that I can offer my resignation to the chairman and then it's up to him. It will mean that I am not a successful manager.''

Hiddink was an enormously popular figure at Chelsea during his six months in charge, as he led the Blues to the FA Cup in 2009. With Carlo Ancelotti's job up for review in the summer, many would suggest Hiddink is a shoo-in to take over from the Italian, should both men find themselves without a job in the next few months.

Hiddink is close to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, after the Blues chief played a big part in luring him to the Russian national job in 2006, and another option is that he could be offered a directorial role with Frank Arnesen's exit to Hamburg already confirmed this summer.