By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger doubts whether he could ever combine club management with international management.
The topic has cropped up since Guus Hiddink succeeded Luis Felipe Scolari as Chelsea boss after the Portuguese was sacked last Monday. Hiddink is currently in charge of the Russian national side and has agreed to combine that role with his new position at Chelsea, at least until the end of the season.
The Dutch coach has proven credentials at international level having taken South Korea to the 2002 World Cup Semi-Finals and Russia to the last four of Euro 2008. However, in his programme notes for the Cardiff game, Wenger suggested that Hiddink's 'dual role' is not a viable long-term option.
"You can do it on a short-term basis but not long term because that’s impossible," he said.
"Russia have two minor games against two weak sides until June so he can deal with that in the international break. Apart from that it can’t be a long-term realistic basis for him to work.
"I don’t think [I could ever do it] but I believe it is a special situation for Hiddink because he has a very strong link with Russia and [Roman] Abramovich personally asked him a very personal favour that he couldn’t turn down.
"Hiddink knows as well that it can only be five or six months and after that they will have to make a decision."Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 17 Feb 2009