The future’s bright, the future is Oranje for Anzhi Makhachkala as they hire Guss Hiddink as their new manager. With the recent resignation of Fabio Capello and the recently hired Anzhi manager Yury Krasnozhan departing the club, the rumour mill had Capello inline to takeover the Russian club, but in the end it seems that it was the Dutchman they wanted all along – I guess that rules him out of the England job.

Hiddink has had a very successful career, wining league titles with PSV and having a successful international career where he has managed Australia and South Korea to impressive finishes in the World Cup. You can read more about Hiddink’s success’ here

Russian life will not be new to Hiddink who managed the national side for just under four years where he reached the Semi-Final of the European Cup in 2008 – winning the 3rd place play-off to boot. This wouldn’t be the first time he has worked with a Russian owner who had a few Billion to spare as he had a successful time with Chelsea with fans and players wanting him to become the permanent manager but he carried on his managerial duties with the Russian national side like he said he would at the beginning of his contract.

On his appointment as manager Hiddink said “At the end of last year we had long discussions on Anji that’s why now I made a prompt decision. I’m glad to accept such an opportunity, to work not only in football team but also with my friends who invited me here. The most significant for me is that the club is building plans on football development in the republic. It’s as much important as the sports result of the first team and I ‘m going to pay special attention to this direction. We spoke much with Suleiman Kerimov about this after which I understood what a huge project I was invited to”. Adding “I know about ambitions of the stockholder, the club, fans, now it’s known to the whole world. I’ll do my best so that the team’s play would satisfy these ambitions.” – Statement via clubs official website http://www.fc-anji.ru

The appointment of Hiddink is a huge statement by the club. It really shows that they are looking to legitimately become a force in not just in Russian football but world football. Yes they have bought some talented players, but still the results haven’t really come, but now with a manager of Hiddink’s stature not only should results come but it will also increase the chances of signing better players.

Anybody involved in football knows what Hiddink will bring to the table. He is a well travelled, well loved, successful manager and from that statement looks to be excited in being involved in a much bigger project than just being head coach of a football team, but building a football and a surrounding environment for city.

Billionaire owner, Suleyman Kerimov, is not just looking to build a football club, but he is looking to rejuvenate his home city that is ravaged by violence and poverty. He is looking to change all that with a new stadium, sports complex and a whole host of other projects that will boost the local economy while making 100’s if not thousands of jobs.

With money available, world class players at the club and now a world class manager, things can only get better for Anzhi and I guarantee that they will be in the Champions League within two seasons.


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