Chelsea have been granted permission by Russia to speak to national team coach Guus Hiddink about becoming their temporary manager.
“Chelsea Football Club can confirm it has officially approached the Russian Football Union (RFU) for permission to speak to Guus Hiddink to become the club’s temporary coach until the end of the season while continuing to be in charge of the Russian national team,” said a Chelsea statement.
“That permission has been granted and Chelsea would like to thank the RFU for their co-operation.”
Former PSV Eindhoven and Real Madrid chief Hiddink is hoping to take charge of Chelsea on a short-term basis as he is keen to lead Russia to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
If all goes to plan Hiddink could take charge of Chelsea for the first time in this weekend’s FA Cup clash with Watford.