Last updated: 16 November, 2011

Hiddink quits Turkey job after play-off failure

Dutchman Guus Hiddink has stepped down as coach of Turkey after his side fell to Croatia in the Euro 2012 qualifying play-offs, the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) said on Wednesday.

“The contract of Hiddink has been invalidated after a mutual agreement between the federation and the coach,” the TFF said on its website.

“We thank Guus Hiddink for his good service.”

Turkey, semi-finalists at Euro 2008, lost 3-0 at home to Croatia in the first leg of their play-off on Friday before a 0-0 draw in Tuesday’s return leg confirmed their fate.

Hiddink took over the post in January 2010 on a two-year contract, following a short-term stint as head coach at Premier League giants Chelsea.