Guus Hiddink was in charge of Chelsea four years ago, when he took over at Chelsea for the sacked Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari, and in early February 2009 Guus became Scolari’s replacement until the end of the season, whilst continuing his duties as Russia’s National football manager.
Shearer and Hiddink on April 4th, 2009 at St. James’ Park
It’s interesting to note that Scolari was appointed the Brazil manager again last November, and could be the manager for the very important World Cup next summer, but Brazil are still ranked at 18 in the FIFA rankings – the lowest ranking in their history. Scolari was Brazil’s manager when they won the World Cup in 2002 by beating Germany 2-0 in the final.
England are ranked at number 4 in the FIFA rankings, which seems too high given the team we have at the moment – and for US readers – the USA is ranked at number 32 under current manager Jurgen Klinsmann.
When Guus was managing Chelsea, Newcastle were fighting relegation, and in Alan Shearer’s first match in charge of the team at St. James’ Park on April 4th of 2009, we lost 2-0 in front of a sold-out St. James’ Park.
Hiddink thinks the team is dramatically changed from those days – when we had some highly paid stars on the team – and had the sixth highest wage bill of around £74M in the Premier league.
This is what the Anzhi manager told the press today:
“It’s dramatically changed – the Newcastle side – compared to my period at Chelsea and recently, they have made their side much stronger.” “They were not living up to their standards in the first half of the season.”
“They were fully aware of that and they made some very good signings, and it has shown in their results recently.” “That means they are powerful. It’s not just because we are playing them, but it’s really true and their results are proving that.”
“It’s a modern team, I like to see a team that’s a modern team.”
Guus seems to use that modern word a lot in describing Newcastle, and he’s been very complimentary about the Newcastle side this week.
We’ll see how well Newcastle do against his Russian side, with a draw or even a narrow defeat by one goal and we score – are probably all acceptable results that give us a chance of going through next Thursday night at St. James’ Park.
It would be fantastic if can reach the quarter-finals of the competition.
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