Gus Hiddink Linked With Move to Fill Vacant Barcelona Managerial Post After Quitting Anzhi Makhachkala

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Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has replaced Hiddink at Anzhi.

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Guus Hiddink has resigned as manager of Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala and has immediately become the favourite to replace Tito Vilanova as Barcelona manager, Sky Sports reports.

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has replaced Hiddink at Anzhi after initially joining the Russian club to assist Hiddink last month.

Barcelona are looking for a new manager after Tito Vilanova resigned from the position over the weekend to concentrate on his battle with throat cancer and reports suggest Hiddink is in line to replace him.

The experienced Dutchman guided Anzhi to a third place finish in the Russian League whilst also guiding them to the final of the Russian Cup.

Hiddink only agreed a one year contract extension with Anzhi last month and said that the decision to leave the club was a difficult one.

In a statement on the club website Hiddink said: “This decision was not easy for me. 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.”

“I am convinced that the club has a great future and I am glad I was part of this large-scale football project.”

Hiddink is now the favourite for the Barcelona post in the eyes of most bookmakers, with the Dutchman replacing Gerado Martino, who had emerged as the favourite to takeover at the Nou Camp over the weekend.

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