Obviously experiencing a difficult season, PSV head coach Phillip Cocu is delighted that legendary manager Guus Hiddink returns to the club to lend a hand in a consultancy role for the remainder of the season.
During Friday’s press conference ahead of PSV’s match against FC Twente, Cocu stated : “Guus is a PSV icon. He will be very valuable to PSV with all his experience at the highest level. Guus and I have been in regular touch by phone over the past few months. After his time in Russia, Guus enjoyed a brief break. I am happy that Guus will regularly be present at De Herdgang for the remainder of the season to help out myself and the technical staff.”
Hiddink will be taking a backseat at the Phillips Stadion, and will not undermine Cocu’s position as head coach: “He will be in attendance at least once per week at De Herdgang, but he will not be present on the bench during games.”
Hiddink was present at PSV’s training on Friday morning and Cocu stated his impact was evident from the start: “You immediately see that players approach him and ask for his advice. I learned a lot from him myself as well during my active career. It would not be smart to turn someone like Guus down if he offers to help out. His arrival does not have any effect on the current technical staff.”
In what has been a difficult season for PSV, its manager and its fans, the arrival of Guus Hiddink can only help spur the team on to try and achieve the best position possibly in the Eredivisie. They currently sit 15 points off leaders Ajax, but only eight off a top four finish, so reaching a top four finish will be achievable but things need to change immediately.
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