Guus Hiddink reportedly wants to be the next England boss . The 69-year-old Dutchman recently left the interim manager's position at Chelsea, but is apparently keen to discuss the England vacancy with the Football Association (FA).
Hiddink has a wealth of international experience behind him, having previously led the likes of Holland, South Korea and Australia. He also recently rejected an approach from the Russian football federation to spend a second spell managing its national team. The FA, for its part, has indicated it would like to speak to Hiddink about the role, which Roy Hodgson vacated following England's dismal Euro 2016 campaign.
Hiddink, who took interim control at Chelsea following Jose Mourinho's sacking last year and still has a consultancy role at the club, would appear to be a suitable candidate for Martin Glenn, the FA chief executive. Hiddink has extensive experience at both international and Champions League level, as well as in the Premier League, and is widely regarded as one of the smartest tacticians in the game.
However, his age is thought to count against him as England are keen to identify a candidate who could guide them through to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, according to The Times. But the ex-Chelsea boss is reportedly set to pitch himself as a stabilising influence and someone who could lead the country until the World Cup in 2018.
Another key part of Hiddink's pitch would be appointing at least one leading English coach to groom as a long-term replacement. Hiddink has previously worked with Paul Clement and Steve Holland at Chelsea, but is said to be eager to turn to a more high-profile coach or former international if he becomes England boss.
Hiddink is currently used by Chelsea as a transfer and youth development consultant, but Blues owner Roman Abramovich would not stand in his way if he was offered the England role.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has also been linked with the England vacancy. However, the Gunners boss recently insisted he will not break his contract – which expires in 2017 – to take up the position. "I have a contract until 2017 with Arsenal and I have always respected my contacts, but I do not yet know what I will do afterwards," Wenger said, as quoted by the Telegraph, when asked about taking over the job with England.