Skip to main contentAccess keys helpA-Z index

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
watch listen BBC Sport BBC Sport
Low graphics|Help
---------------
---------------
CHOOSE A SPORT
 
RELATED BBC SITES
Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 September 2007, 16:12 GMT 17:12 UK
Hiddink has no regrets on England
Guus Hiddink
Hiddink had been linked with a switch to both England and Chelsea
Guus Hiddink says he has no regrets about turning down a chance to succeed Sven-Goran Eriksson as England manager.

The Dutchman was linked to the post last summer but is now in charge of the Russia side who face England at Wembley in Wednesday's Euro 2008 qualifier.

Hiddink said: "There was a slight approach but I was already in contact with the Russian federation.

"I hadn't signed a contract with them but I gave them my word and I always stick to my word. I don't regret it."

Hiddink had been tipped to succeed Eriksson last April but at the time his agent said the Football Association had not followed up their initial approach.

The former Australia and South Korea coach, explained the Russian federation were able to make him a definite offer.

We are coming here to get a result but what the consequences of that will be I don't know

Guus Hiddink

"My agent said there was a more firm contact from the Russian side," the 60-year-old said.

"It was very honourable at that time to hear that but I had given my word to the Russian federation."

Hiddink is now preparing to guide Russia against England in their crucial Group D qualifier.

Steve McClaren's England need to win to climb above Russia and into second in the table, and Hiddink is not underestimating the home side.

606: DEBATE
J1985

"We hope to get a result but we know that England have a strong squad," Hiddink said.

"If you manage not to give opportunities to Israel then you are doing well. I consider England well organised and experienced."

And even if Hiddink gets the result he is looking for against England, he remains convinced that McClaren's job is not in immediate danger.

If the Russians did win they would move four points ahead of England, who still have to go to Moscow on 17 October.

He said: "Of course we are coming here to get a result but what the consequences of that will be I don't know. That's not up to me.

"But I don't think there won't be any decision whatever the result might be on Wednesday. After that there are three games to go."



SEE ALSO
McClaren hints at England changes
11 Sep 07 |  Internationals
Hiddink praised over Russia role
11 Sep 07 |  Internationals
Russia make Hiddink appointment
12 Apr 06 |  Internationals
Hiddink ruled out of England race
09 Apr 06 |  Internationals
Hiddink to honour Russia contract
11 Feb 07 |  Internationals
Hiddink found guilty of tax fraud
27 Feb 07 |  Internationals


RELATED BBC LINKS:

RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

BBC PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
Daily and weekly e-mails | Mobiles | Desktop Tools | News Feeds | Interactive Television | Downloads
Sport Homepage | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League | Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Snooker | Horse Racing | Cycling | Disability Sport | Olympics 2012 | Other Sport...

Video and Audio | Scores & Fixtures | Have Your Say | TV/Radio Schedule

Fun and Games | Question of Sport | Photo Galleries

Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales

Help | Privacy & Cookies Policy | News sources | About the BBC | Contact us