Hiddink happy to help Russia for World Cup

Jun 24, 2016 - 7:39 AM Former Socceroos coach Guus Hiddink, who led Russia to the 2008 European Championship semi-finals, said he would be happy to return to Moscow as they look to put the misery of an early Euro16 exit behind them and prepare for the 2018 World Cup.

The Dutchman, who took on the role of interim Chelsea manager after Jose Mourinho's sacking last year, has been linked with the job following Russia's poor campaign in France.

The Russians drew with England before losing to Slovakia and Wales to finish bottom of the group.

"If I can make a contribution, I'll will be happy to do so," he told Dutch broadcaster NOS. "Russia sit in a particularly complicated situation, not only in the sporting arena but also in terms of their image," said the 69-year-old, who coached Russia from 2006-10.

"Sport can help them, although it is perhaps my idealistic thinking, to project a better image out to the world."

Russia are looking for a new coach after Leonid Slutski's decision not to continue after Monday's elimination.

"I think after a tournament like this, you need someone else to take charge of the national side at major tournaments," he said.

Source: AAP

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