Guus Hiddink has insisted he will not manage a team at the World Cup following Russia’s failure to qualify for next year’s finals.
The Dutchman has been linked with a number of jobs and while he admits he is still considering his options, he maintains there is no chance of him going to the World Cup as a coach.
“My working relationships with my employers have always been based on the principles of plain speaking and honesty,” he told Sport Express.
“And in this way I can say for sure that I haven’t signed contracts with anybody, nor have I even held any talks, neither with clubs nor federations.
“I won’t hide the fact that many have wanted to hold talks. But I have declined them all.”
Hiddink concedes he is finding it difficult to get over the disappointment of Russia losing to Slovenia in the World Cup play-offs.
“I was so disappointed that our side didn’t reach South Africa that watching the draw would have caused me real pain,” he added.
“For the whole time that has passed since the match in Maribor I haven’t been able to do much in general. The feelings of devastation and disappointment have been colossal.
“I haven’t been to another game since. It has been too unbearable after what happened. These have been very hard days for me.”
Hiddink added: “Almost all the sides that came through the qualifying stages with their own coaches will be going with them to South Africa.
“But even if one or another federation were to offer me (the chance) to take charge of their national side for the World Cup, I would refuse.
“That would only be possible if I had made it through with the team I was in charge of during the qualifiers.”
Hiddink revealed that he does not plan to leave his current role until next summer at the earliest.
“I have plenty of time to think about the future and reach the correct decision regarding future work in Russia,” he said.
“My contract expires at the end of June, which I intend to see through to the end and only then sort out my plans.
“The elections for the RFS presidency take place soon, and at the moment this issue, and consequently the direction of the future development of Russian football, remains unclear.
“This means there is little I can do for now except wait.”