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Last Updated: Tuesday February 10 2009 15:42 GMT

Chelsea want Russia coach as boss

Guus Hiddink

Chelsea are chasing the coach of Russia, Guus Hiddink, to take over from Luiz Felipe Scolari as their manager.

Scolari was sacked on Monday by Chelsea because club bosses say the team wasn't playing as well as it should have been at an important part of the season.

Now they want Hiddink to take over at Stamford Bridge, but he won't have stop being the Russian manager.

Instead he would take charge of Chelsea for most of the time, heading back to coach Russia for their games too.

Luiz Felipe Scolari
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Managing a club and a country at the same time can be done, as club sides often take a break when international teams play their matches.

And Hiddink has done it before himself, managing Dutch side PSV Eindhoven at the same time as he was running the Australian national side.

Hiddink knows the Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, and said: If it was any other club my answer would be a straight 'No'.

"But Chelsea is different because I have good relations with the owner. I would like to help them if I could."

Not quitting Russia

Hiddink added: This would only be for the next two or three months until the end of the season.

"I will not leave my job with the Russian national team. It's out of the question."