Turkey accepts national team boss Hiddink likely to leave job for Chelsea

Turkish national team coach Guus Hiddink is seen during a press conference in Brussels on June 2.

June 06, 2011, Monday/ 15:10:00

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) now accepts that national team boss Guus Hiddink will leave his job to join Chelsea because the British team's offer is too good to turn down, according to a report published on Monday.

A senior source from the TFF said Hiddink “can't say no to Chelsea, we believe he wants to leave,” according to the BBC. "Hiddink says he has a contract but these promises don't have value. Chelsea is too good an offer to turn down and the TFF understands this.”

Hiddink led Chelsea to an FA Cup victory during his brief stay as a caretaker manager in 2009. His term at the helm of the Turkish national team was more lackluster although Turkey remains in contention for a Euro 2012 play-off place after a 1-1 draw against Belgium on Friday.

The BBC said the Dutchman was unhappy that the man who brought him to İstanbul, TFF President Mahmut Özgener, is likely to be replaced after presidential elections on June 28.

"If Özgener was staying, Guus would probably stay, too," BBC's source said. "Özgener has gone on holiday and hasn't decided if he will stand for re-election. Even if he does, he's likely to lose.”

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