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Former Chelsea Coach Hiddink To Retire End of This Season

Former Chelsea and Holland manager Guus Hiddink will retire at the end of this season, he told Dutch state television.

“No, I don’t think I’ll be working here next season,” Hiddink, 66, told NOS, when asked if he’d continue as manager of Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala next year. “I still have a lot of energy going to work on the football pitch every day. But there comes a time when you have to be careful that you don’t repeat yourself, and that people say ‘here he comes again.”’

Hiddink, who began his soccer career as a player for Dutch club De Graafschap in 1967, led PSV Eindhoven to the European Cup title in 1988. He also managed Fenerbahce, Valencia, Real Madrid and Real Betis and was interim coach at Chelsea in 2009 when the team reached the semifinals of the Champions League and won the F.A. Cup.

He signed a 1 ½-year contract in February with Anzhi, which is second in the Russian league this season.

Hiddink, born in Varsseveld in the Dutch countryside, was also successful as a national coach, twice reaching the semifinals of the World Cup. He led Holland to the last four in France in 1998 and repeated the feat with co-host South Korea four years later.

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