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Anzhi boss Hiddink resigns

Makhachkala, Dagestan (Sports Network) - Anzhi Makhachkala boss Guus Hiddink has resigned from his position, the club confirmed on Monday.

Hiddink, 66, will be replaced by former Manchester United assistant coach Rene Meulensteen and his departure has fueled speculation that he may be in line to succeed Tito Vilanova at Barcelona.

"FC Anzhi has accepted the request of the head coach to terminate their employment relationship," a statement read on the club's official website.

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

Hiddink, who guided Chelsea to FA Cup success in 2009, joined the Russian club in February 2012, two years after his stint in Russia as national coach ended.

He exits just two games into the current season with the club sitting in 13th place on just one point.

"This decision was not easy for me, but I've always said that my mission with Anzhi would end when the club was able to develop and grow by itself without my participation," Hiddink remarked. "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."

07/22 13:01:03 ET

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