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Meulensteen handed Anzhi job

After turning down an offer to work with David Moyes, Rene Meulensteen has succeed Guus Hiddink as the new manager of Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia.

Hiddink left the position just a month after signing a contract extension in June.

Meulensteen, who was formerly first team coach at United was linked with a number of jobs before deciding on a move to Anzhi. Always spoken about in high regard at Old Trafford, he’s going to be a loss to some players.

A statement confirming Hiddink’s decision to stand down as Anzhi boss was released on Anzhi’s official website:

“FC Anzhi has accepted the request of the head coach to terminate their employment relationship.

“The club sincerely thanks Guus Hiddink for his significant contribution to the club and wishes him success in his future career.”

Hiddink initially called for Meulensteen to be his successor. He said:

“I always said that my mission at Anzhi could end when the club was able to develop and grow on its own, without my participation. Now that time has come.”

Online sports betting companies have slashed Hiddink’s odds on becoming the next Barcelona manager. Tito Vilanova was forced to step down last Friday due to illness.

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