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Hiddink,Turkey terminate contract

[Posted 17 Nov 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Hiddink,Turkey  terminate contract

Guus Hiddink, the Dutch legendary coach who coached Turkey during the Euro qualifiers, has reached a mutual agreement with the Turkish Football Federation to terminate his contract, which was due to expire in the summer of 2012.

A statement on the official TFF website confirmed Hiddink's departure: "We would like to thank Mr Guus Hiddink for his services during his working period, and wish him all the best in his future career."

Hiddink led Turkey to second place in the European Championship qualifying Group A, and his team had to fight it out with Croatia in a play-off to determine who would join those European nations that have already qualified for the finals to be co-hosted by Poland and the Ukraine.

Unfortunately for the former Chelsea, Netherlands and Russia coach, Croatia beat Turkey 3-0 in Turkey and a spirited 0-0 draw away from home in the reverse leg could not save the Turks from elimination.

Hiddink somehow had forseen that he would have to leave his post following this failure to qualify for Euro 2012.

"I worked for the future of Turkey but I think this is my last match with this team - there is a high probability of that," the Dutch man said in an interview following the 0-0 draw in the second leg of the play-off against Croatia.

Hiddink was at some point, and probably still is, one of the most sought after coaches in world football. He boasts having coached some of the best clubs in the world like Chelsea, PSV Eindhoven and even Real Madrid. 

The now ex-Turkey mentor also had a very descent spell as South Korea national team coach, leading the modest but fast improving Asian team to a semi-final berth at the 2002 Fifa World Cup finals which South Korea co-hosted with neighbours Japan.


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