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Ivory Coast want Guus Hiddink for the World Cup

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Guus Hiddink

In 16th Century terms, most footballers are vagabonds, with the occasional Lampard-shaped exception, who might make it as a yeoman. You’ve got your nobility (Abramovich and the robed men of Man City), your gentry (the Red Knights), your merchants (managers).

And then there’s Guus Hiddink, who’s a bloody alchemist!

He’s already performed minor tournament miracles with PSV, South Korea, and Russia. And now, like a one-man A Team, the word on the street is that he’s going to make the Ivory Coast a fearsome prospect at the World Cup.

As reported in today’s Times, the Dutchman’s contract with Russia runs out in June, leaving him with a few months handy before he starts his new job managing Turkey. Ivory Coast, meanwhile, need a World Cup coach, and fast, having sacked Vahid Halilhodzic after a fairly rubbish African Cup of Nations .

According to Jacques Anouma, the Ivory Coast FA’s president:

“Guus is one of the people we have contacted about becoming coach.”

“Probably in the middle of next week something will be concluded.”

Does Hiddink have time to quickly win the World Cup in between jobs? Let us know with a comment.


1 response so far
  • epiblast // March 4, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    The Elephants have a very talented side, but they’ve been under-performing as of late (see their two-nil loss to South Korea yesterday). Grouped with Brazil, Portugal and North Korea, it could prove difficult, with or without Mother Guus, to even get to the latter stages of the World Cup.

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