Guus Hiddink Heats Up the Anzhi Makhachkala Managerial Battle

Roberto Alvarez-GallosoChief Writer IDecember 18, 2011

Guus Hiddink
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Guus Hiddink (according to his manager) is stepping up his efforts to become the next manager of Anzhi Makhachkala. Hiddink is preparing to give a series of interviews to the world media to talk about his intentions with Anzhi.

The recent twist to the Anzhi Makhachkala saga was reported in the Sovetsky Sport Magazine and published in RT. Hiddink is considering reducing his salary demands in his battle to become the next Anzhi manager.

The talks with Rafa Banitez and Carlo Ancellotti (who is mentioned as another candidate) have been placed on hold. The reason is to see what will be the results for Guus Hiddink and his ambitions for Anzhi.

The other candidates who have been mentioned for the Anzhi job are Arsene Wenger and Didier Deschamps. There have been no comments from either party with regard to the Anzhi managerial position.

The possibility exists that Hiddink was using the inflated salary demand as a bargaining chip for the Anzhi managerial job. Wenger and Deschamps do not appear to be interested in going to Russia at the present time. 

The competition for the Anzhi position is between Hiddink, Benitez and Ancellotti. It remains to be seen whether Hiddink will receive the job in January. The only conclusion is that competition between the three for the top position of Anzhi Makhachkala is going to heat up in January,