Guus Hiddink met with Anji club representatives today and filed his resignation.
FC Anji agreed to comply with the head coach`s request and terminate a labour contract.
The club is sincerely thankful to Guus Hiddink for a valuable contribution made to the club development and wishes him good luck in his future career.
Hiddink has become not only a witness, but also one of the key factors in the formation of the newest story of Anji, of the club reputation in Russia and abroad.
The Dutch specialist has fulfilled one of the key roles in the development of Anji, the club management and the formation of the club football academy.
Together with Hiddink Anji gained the best result in the team`s history, winning the RPL bronze.
On his part Guus Hiddink noted: “The decision wasn`t easy for me, but I`ve always said that my mission at Anji will be done, as soon as the club is able to develop and move further by itself, without my participation”.
The time has come. I`m convinced that great future awaits the club and I`m glad to have been a part of this vast football project”.
This very day the club General Director Ayvaz Kaziakhmedov introduced a new head coach to the team, it`s Rene Meulensteen, who joined the coaching staff prior to the start to the season and took part in the team`s pre-season campaign.
Rene Meulensteen (Holland)
Rene Meulensteen was born on March 25, 1964.
He holds UEFA Category A and Royal Dutch Football Association Category TCI coaching licenses.
He played as a midfielder for various Dutch clubs until he was 29, but already showed interest in the coaching profession. Specifically, he worked as coach of the NEC Nijmegen youth team.
Later, Rene Meulensteen was invited to join Qatar’s national youth team coaching staff. In 1999, he was appointed head manager of Qatar club Al-Ittihad. With Meulensteen in charge, the club won the Qatar Crown Prince Cup.
From 2000-2001, he ran another Qatar club, Al Sadd, which won the Emir of Qatar Cup during his tenure. In fall 2001, Meulensteen was invited to join Manchester United, where he was appointed technical skills development coach, working with teenagers and young players.
In 2005, he was also named head coach of Manchester United’s reserve team. Beginning in June 2006, Rene Meulensteen worked for six months as head coach of Brondby IF (Denmark), but in January 2007 he returned to Manchester United. He once again held the position of technical skills development coach, but this time worked primarily with the first team.
In July 2008, Meulensteen was appointed a coach of Manchester United’s first team. On July 1, 2013, he joined the FC Anji coaching staff.