A number of top Premiership and European clubs will be on red alert following confirmation that Guus Hiddink has stepped down as coach of the Turkish national side.
Following a 3-0 aggregate defeat to Croatia in the Euro 2012 play-offs,the FA and manager agreed to part company. A statement from the association read:
“Following the meeting between Turkish Football Federation Executive Committee and Turkey head coach Guus Hiddink, the Dutch coach’s contract has been terminated by mutual consent.
“We would like to thank Mr Guus Hiddink for his services during his working period, and wish him all the best in his future career.”
Hiddink has yet to decide on his next move but has already been linked with Ajax and a possible return to Chelsea as director of football.
“I’ve not made up my mind about the future yet,” Hiddink said.
“I’m going to take some time off and then we will see what happens, but I had a wonderful time in England. It was great at Chelsea, a terrific time, but that doesn’t mean I am ready to start tomorrow. I need some time to reflect.
“I’m not ready to retire, I like to be involved with a team on a daily basis, but maybe I am ready to step out of the limelight a little bit, away from the cameras. Hopefully I will still be involved but perhaps it will be as an adviser or a consultant.”