Hiddink in Talks With Chelsea

Russian national football team coach Guus Hiddink was in talks with Chelsea on Tuesday about taking over as the club's manager until the end of the English Premier League season while remaining Russia's coach.

The Dutch coach said he wanted to keep the job in Russia but also help out Chelsea because of his relationship with Chelsea's owner, Roman Abramovich.

Chelsea, which fired former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari on Monday, said it had gained permission from the Russian Football Union to talk to Hiddink about becoming temporary manager while he continued to coach their national team.

"I have to admit, it's a complicated situation involving the Russian national team and Chelsea," Hiddink said at the Turkish resort of Belek, where the Russian team was holding a training camp.

Hiddink said he had a special relationship with Abramovich. "I must say that this is an exceptional situation. If it was any other club aside from Chelsea, my answer would be a straight 'No,'" he said. "But Chelsea is different because I have good relations with the owner. So I would like to help them in this situation if I could."

Russia has two World Cup qualifying games over the course of the rest of the English league season -- at home against Azerbaijan on March 28 and away in Liechtenstein four days later.

Sergei Kapkov, chairman of the board of Russia's National Academy of Football, which pays Hiddink's salary, said the Russian Football Union sent approval to Chelsea on Tuesday afternoon.

(Reuters, AP)