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Guus Hiddink considered becoming Manchester City boss

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Hiddink reveals Man City interest

Guus Hiddink has revealed he was on Manchester City's list of names to replace boss Mark Hughes in December.

"We didn't have talks but I knew there was some interest," said Hiddink.

Roberto Mancini eventually got the job as City coach, while former Chelsea boss Hiddink, 63, decided to remain in international football.

The Dutchman, who has also managed the Netherlands, Australia and South Korea, will take charge of Turkey once his contract with Russia ends on 30 June.

Hiddink admitted he had been torn between taking a job with a national team or returning to the Premier League with cash-rich City.

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"It's a big club, a club with history, also a club with money," said Hiddink, who has also worked at PSV Eindhoven, Real Madrid and Fenerbahce.

"It was a difficult decision because I had the experience of (working) more (with) clubs and I had the experience, of course, last year with Chelsea, which I enjoyed very much."

Hiddink replaced the sacked Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari at Stamford Bridge in February 2009 and went on to salvage Chelsea's season with a 2-1 FA Cup final win over Everton in his last game in charge.

He believes current Blues coach Carlo Ancelotti will succeed where he fell short and go on to lead his Double-chasing table-toppers to the Premier League trophy this season.

"Yes, I think Chelsea will win the title, especially with Manchester United dropping points," he said. "When you see Chelsea playing against Villa, it shows there's a lot of confidence in this team."

Hiddink, too, predicts Ancelotti will be in charge of the west Londoners next season, despite suggestions that the club's Champions League quarter-final exit to Inter Milan may have cost the Italian his job in the summer.

"The club know they need a policy which is not changing every year or half-a-year for the manager's position," added Hiddink.


Watch the full interview with Guus Hiddink on Football Focus on BBC1 from 1215 BST on Saturday 17 April.



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Hiddink ideal for Ivory Coast
04 Mar 10 |  African
Hiddink named new Turkey manager
17 Feb 10 |  Football
Mancini sets targets for City
21 Dec 09 |  Football
Man City ditch Hughes for Mancini
19 Dec 09 |  Man City
Hughes waves goodbye to City
19 Dec 09 |  Man City
Hiddink tempted by English return
29 May 09 |  Chelsea


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