Hiddink named new Turkey boss

FORMER Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has signed a two-year contract to take charge of Turkey, the country's football federation has confirmed.

FORMER Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has signed a two-year contract to take charge of Turkey, the country's football federation has confirmed.

Hiddink, who has been linked with Liverpool over the last few months, will take charge of Turkey on August 1 after he announced he would stand down as Russia coach last week.

The 63-year-old will lead Turkey into the Euro 2012 qualifiers in Group A along with Germany, Austria, Belgium, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.

A statement on the federation website read: “Dutch coach Guus Hiddink has accepted to take charge of Turkey until August 2012 after announcing he won't extend his contract with the Football Union of Russia which was due to expire on 30 June.

“Turkish Football Federation (TFF) president Mahmut Ozgener and TFF vice-president Lutfi Aribogan flew to Amsterdam to finalise the negotiations with Hiddink.

“The 63-year-old experienced coach agreed to a two-year contract with an option for a further two years.”

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