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Russian soccer's governing body rubbished on Friday a report
Russian soccer's governing body rubbished on Friday a report in an English paper suggesting that Guus Hiddink was to be replaced as national team manager by Zenit St. Petersburg trainer Dick Advocaat.

"Chelsea are closer to naming Guus Hiddink as their permanent manager after it emerged Dick Advocaat is being lined up to succeed him as coach of Russia," the Daily Mail article said.

Hiddink recently took over at Chelsea from Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, and has won his first two games in charge. However, the Dutchman is combining his post with that of Russian national team manager, and has consistently stated that he will leave Chelsea at the end of the season in May.

"When Hiddink worked out with the Russian Football Union the issue of his joint posts, all the I's were dotted and all the T's crossed," spokesman Andrei Malosolov said.

"Hiddink will work with the Russian side until the end of his contract. All the rumors around Hiddink are not only exhausting but simply ridiculous," he said. "Hiddink has said himself that he is going nowhere."

The trainer's contract with Russia expires after the 2010 World Cup.

The 62-year-old Dutchman was appointed Russia coach in July 2006 and led the side to the last four of Euro 2008 last summer. Despite some initial opposition to a foreigner taking over the reins of the national side, the vast majority of the country has been won over by the former Ajax, Real Madrid, Netherlands and South Korea coach.

Hiddink's compatriot, Dick Advocaat, has enjoyed similar success at Zenit St. Petersburg, taking the side to its first ever Russian title in 2007, and the UEFA Cup and the Super Cup in 2008.


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