Guus Hiddink has admitted that managing the Russian national team could be his last coaching job in football.
“It is possible I might step out of coaching and have a more advisory role with a club or a national association after 2010,” Hiddink said.
“Well, to be honest, I just don’t know at this time,” said the 61-year-old Dutchman, who last year agreed to extend his Russian contract for two more years through to the 2010 World Cup.
“If I don’t become a bitter old jealous man by then I might continue. Actually, I’m enjoying my job right now. I get a lot of positive energy working with young people, teaching them a few things. It’s a big motivation for me to keep going.”
Hiddink has already done some consulting work for FIFA and UEFA, and may continue to work with the game’s governing bodies.
“I’ve been regularly asked to speak at their workshops and seminars, to give presentations to other coaches,” he said. “I find it a very good way to exchange ideas, to stay tuned to the latest technical and tactical developments in football.”
Hiddink has been often linked with the top coaching jobs round the world, but he insists he is committed to Russia for the furation of his contract.
“Rumours are always going around football,” he said. “I hear some tabloids mention my name almost every time there is a coaching vacancy, but that doesn’t bother me.
“All I can say for sure that for the next two years I’ll be coaching Russia, what comes after that I just don’t know.
“Most of all, I would like to be remembered as an open, direct person, who also had the great pleasure of working in Russia.
“I’ve been very well received here by people and the warmth of the ordinary Russian people is the one thing I will probably remember the most.
“Also I want Russia to learn to play a more attractive, attacking game, not be too defensive and not fear anybody. If I can achieve all that it could be my legacy to Russian football.”