Turkey unsure on Hiddink future
The Turkish Football Federation today admitted Guus Hiddink's future as their national team coach was uncertain amid reports Chelsea will attempt to reappoint him as manager in the coming days.
Hiddink took charge of Turkey for what could be the final time on Friday night as they drew 1-1 with Belgium in their latest European Championship qualifier. The 64-year-old has repeatedly refused to commit his future to his current employers, who expressed concern this afternoon over his recent comments.
TFF spokesman Turker Tozar told Press Association Sport: "That creates a question mark, of course, because Turkish journalists ask this question, English journalists also ask this question a couple of times.
"He always says the same things - he says nothing concrete. But you also cannot hear from him, 'No, I'm not going anywhere - I will stay in charge of the Turkish national team'. There is uncertainty everywhere."
Hiddink further fuelled speculation he would agree to return to Chelsea after the game. Asked if he would ever manage Turkey again, he said: "I can't answer that. Everything is fluid. My time at Chelsea was a beautiful time. Everybody knows that.
"I still have a contract with Turkey but, at my age, when some issues come up, you always have to talk about them. At my age, most of my story is behind me."
He added later: "I hope you understand that this is difficult and I need people to respect that. I am going on holiday now and I have a plane to catch."
TFF president Mahmut Ozgener is also on holiday for the next week. Hiddink has forged a close relationship with Ozgener and the pair had lunch together yesterday. But Ozgener has yet to decide whether to stand for re-election and is reportedly likely to be defeated even if he does.
Tozar said: "We don't even know if the president is going to be a candidate again in the election. People will think about everything when they are on holidays and then they will get together for a talk."
Meanwhile, Hiddink's agent Cees van Nieuwenhuizen told Press Association Sport he had yet to receive a formal approach from Chelsea.