World Football - Papers: Hiddink offered £66m job

Sun, 11 Sep 10:52:00 2011

Former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink is set to be offered £66 million to take over as manager of Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, according to the Mail on Sunday.

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As we reported on this very website a few days ago, the Russian club - bankrolled by billionaire investor Suelyman Kerimov - apparently offered Jose Mourinho £22m-a-year to quit Real Madrid and take the reins at the Black Sea outfit. Mourinho chose to stay with Real, who rewarded his loyalty with a new role giving him more control over transfer policy.

Now, it seems that Anzhi have turned their attention to Hiddink, currently Turkey boss - and they are prepared to make him the same eye-watering offer, even knowing that they may have to wait until after Euro 2012 next summer for him to take over.

Hiddink may not be the only manager about to land a new job: Martin O'Neill is linked with a sensation return to Leicester City, the club where he became a household name.

The Sunday Mirror reports that the Northern Irish manager will be offered the job as Foxes chiefs are growing increasingly unimpressed by Sven Goran Eriksson's abilities. The Swede will be given a few more matches to prove he can take Leicester back into the Premier League, after which he'll be jettisoned in favour of O'Neill.

Sir Alex Ferguson is targeting the a player he regards as the "new Bryan Robson" - and he's set to arrive via the same channel as the old Wayne Rooney.

The Sunday Express claims that Ferguson is coveting Everton starlet Ross Barkley, a box-to-box midfielder straight out of the Captain Marvel mould, even though at just 17 years old Barkley is too young ever to have seen Robbo kick a ball in anger.

United apparently tried to broker a deal over the summer, but the Toffees held firm over their £15 million valuation for a player who is yet to cement himself a first-team spot at Goodison.

The Sunday Times reports that David Beckham has opened negotiations with LA Galaxy about extending his contract. Despite persistent rumours of a return to Europe to boost his GB Olympic football ambitions, Becks has apparently not ruled out staying in Los Angeles - and is convinced that playing in the States will not harm those Olympic hopes.

Andy Carroll's, er, "colourful" lifestyle makes the front pages of the Star on Sunday after it emerged that the man suspected of torching the Liverpool star's £70,000 Range Rover is a former friend of the striker whose former girlfriends took to the sack with Carroll.

Ah, Sunday tabloids, eh? The same newspaper reports that Rio Ferdinand is to hire a butler, and that Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has been raising eyebrows among his players by cycling his daily 30-mile round trip to training.


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