Why Guus Hiddink should be considered for the England job

Andy Dillon by Andy Dillon / 08 July 2016, 13:09

Guus HiddinkIt's been over a week since Roy Hodgson vacated the England Job, and unsurprisingly there has been a whole host of gaffers linked with the post, including a former Chelsea boss...The Sun's Andy Dillon (@andydillon70) takes a look.

ENGLAND want a manager with proven international experience, who knows our players with the ability to get the best out of a failing team.

Step forward Guus Hiddink.

The big joke of course is that during his vast coaching career, the Dutchman took South Korea to the World Cup semi finals in 2002 and Russia to the last four of Euro 2008.

Seeing as he clearly knows what he is doing with minor football teams he would be perfect for England then. Boom boom.

Hiddink might not be a name many people take seriously, but why not?

Go through the checklist at The FA searching for the perfect candidate to succeed Roy Hodgson and he pretty much fits the bill.

Yes, Hiddink is 69 years old - the same age as Harry Redknapp who is emerging as an equally surprising popular choice.

But Hiddink was a Premier League manager until a few weeks ago when he left Chelsea in a better place than when he took over last December.

Chelsea were in freefall and owner Roman Abramovich sent out an urgent SOS to his old pal Guus.

They were 16th in the Premier League and the terrifying prospect of relegation was a real one.

Hiddink signed only one player - the flabby striker Pato - who hardly figured.

Under his guidance Chelsea steered a slow but steady course away from trouble and finished 10th. Not good but it could have been far, far worse.

Hiddink spent six months plotting a route out of danger and in doing so will have studied every single Premier League player lining up for and against him.

His dossiers will be full of bang up-to-date information. It'll be fresh in the mind. Tick.

He also clearly knows how to get players on his side, how to motivate them when things aren't going well. Tick.

Isn't this just what England need? Here's a manager who doesn't need to make signings to coax the maximum from his squad. Ideal for international management. Tick.

Give Hiddink a two year contract up to the World Cup in Russia in 2018 - the very country he managed at international level and at club level with the famous Anzhi Makhachkala. Tick.

As England desperately search for a new head man they need him in place quickly - a World Cup qualifier in Slovakia looms on September 4.

Hiddink is out of work. He is currently travelling the world with his other half and he loves his leisure time.

International management suits that right down to the ground. Tick.

While the rest of us discuss Redknapp, Sam Allardyce, Roberto Mancini, even Jurgen Klinsmann, there are other options out there.

Hiddink must be worth a call at least.


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