Guus Hiddink is back in football
Guus Hiddink is back in football. And he returned in his typical tactically astute fashion. His Anzhi Makhachkala side managed to somehow win 1-0 in a post-winter Monday away day at Dynamo Moscow, where Andriy Voronin plays by the way, after spending much of the match as the inferior team. Sounds all too familiar doesn’t it? He always wins. A clean sheet away from home against a highly competitive team in his first match at a club that represents one of the greatest challenges in Hiddink’s career to date.
So much is expected of this mini Russian project funded by another Russian billionaire. But then again Hiddink knows all too well about those. In the little time he had at Chelsea he managed to win the FA Cup and was robbed of a Champions League final by the thieving pro-Catalonian corporates at UEFA. What’s really interesting about this little endeavour is that the Dutchman very rarely goes places that don’t excite him.As manager of South Korea, Australia, Russia and Turkey he realised an opportunity to bring relative success to massive countries with not so massive cultures as far as football was concerned. But what exactly does he see in offing at this remote location in the Republic of Dagestan?
Hiddink has always been motivated by coin. Who isn’t? But he does carry an equal amount of enthusiasm alongside the value of his wages. The fact that Samuel Eto’o, the most expensive footballer in the world on 60 pence per second, is captain at the club would have gone a long way in persuading the former Netherlands coach in taking the job. To put it into perspective his Cameroonian striker earns £36 per minute, £2,170 per hour, £52,083 per day, £364,583 per week…catch my drift? And that’s just one player at the club.
The ambition is there for everyone to see but what strikes me as odd is that whilst Michel Platini puts the finishing touches on rules to impose heavy financial restrictions on Europe’s elite clubs why have Anzhi began a project aimed at carrying them to such heights with these kinds of implications drawing near? Have they found a loophole? Or have they committed the ultimate sin and not read the terms and conditions?
Whatever it is I’d love to know how the club will look to grow under their rich circumstances in a continent whose football governing body are adamant no amount of money will be the vehicle for success. All that is clear is that Guus Hiddink is back in the dugout, earning lots of dough and winning football matches. Watch this space.