Guus Hiddink has turned down repeated appeals from Didier Drogba to coach Côte d'Ivoire at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. The Dutchman, who managed the Elephants striker at Chelsea, is currently contracted to Russia but will take charge of Turkey when his deal expires.
Both nations failed to qualify for this summer's world finals, and Drogba lobbied Hiddink to request he would lead the Ivorians' Group G campaign, in which they will face against Brazil, Korea DPR and Portugal.
However, the 63-year-old turned down an offer following talks with Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) president Jacques Anouma.
He said in his column in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf: "Although I had a great conversation with the federal president and chief executive Jacques Anouma, I myself had already decided not to go.
Although I had a great conversation with the federal president and chief executive, I myself had already decided not to go.
"It was a decision taken to avoid unnecessary confusion. Though I must admit that with the Ivory Coast it has not been easy."
Hiddink said Turkey's tour of North America in May would take priority as it was necessary for him to assess the players before taking up the job in August.
Côte d'Ivoire sacked Vahid Halilhodzic after a disappointing CAF Africa Cup of Nations campaign, and were under the guidance of acting coach Kouadio Georges when they lost 2-0 to Korea Republic in a friendly at Loftus Road earlier this month.