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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 October 2006, 08:53 GMT 09:53 UK
Paatelainen makes Finland return
Mixu Paatelainen
Mixu Paatelainen had been linked with the Hibs vacancy
Mixu Paatelainen has confirmed that he has left Cowdenbeath to manage TPS Turku in his native Finland.

The 39-year-old, who had been tipped as a contender for the vacant Hibs post, announced his resignation from Central Park at the weekend.

"It was a tough decision because Scotland is very close to my heart," he told BBC Radio Scotland.

"But, after talking to TPS, I realised that their ambition matches my ambition - they want to go forward."

Paatelainen, who won 70 caps as a striker for Finland, joined Cowdenbeath as player-manager in August 2005 and won the Division Three title last season.

He enjoyed two spells at Hibs and also played for Bolton, Wolves, Aberdeen, Strasbourg, St Johnstone and St Mirren, first arriving in Britain when he signed for Dundee United from Finnish outfit Haka.

Paatelainen had an agreement with Cowdenbeath that he could leave if there was an approach from a club at a higher level.

And he revealed that he had rejected previous approaches from British sides before accepting the offer from TPS.

The Finnish season ends at the weekend and Paatelainen will turn his attention to rebuilding a squad that can challenge for a first title since 1975.

"TPS are traditionally a big club and have been successful in the past," he added.

"They have big ambitions and there are resources available.

"The club are looking to qualify for Europe every season and the youth set-up at the club is fantastic.

"Finnish players are technically good and sports science is done properly, so the players are athletes.

"I think what has been missing is tactical guidance."


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