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Guus Hiddink resigns from Anzhi, Rene Meuleensten appointed

Jul 22, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

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Guus Hiddink has had enough of Russia.

The 66 year old Dutchman has resigned as Anzhi Makhachkala manager after a year and a half in charge of the Russian outfit claiming the time has come for the club to develop without him.

“This decision was not easy for me, but I’ve always said that my mission at Anzhi could end when the club is able to develop and continue to grow by itself, without my participation,” Hiddink to the Anzhi website.

Since arriving at the club in Feburary 2012, Hiddink played a key role in converting billionaire owner Suleiman Kerimov’s wealth into success on the pitch, taking Anzhi to a club best 3rd place finish in the league last season, in addition to reaching the Russian Cup final and the Round of 16 in the Europa League.

Hiddink’s decision to step down comes at somewhat of a surprise after he announced that he would retire from coaching last season but then committed to another season at the start of July.

Hiddink will be replaced by Rene Meuleensten, who joined the staff at Anzhi on July 1st after leaving Manchester United following the appointment of David Moyes.

After six and a half years as assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson, the 49 year old Meuleensten will assume head manager duties for the first time since a year stint at Danish club Brondby IF in 2006-07.

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