Igor Korneyev is to leave Feyenoord after being appointed to Guus Hiddink’s new technical staff for the Russian national team, where Hiddink and his contingent are set to take over after the World Cup. The current youth coach will be Hiddink’s assistant. The former Feyenoord player may also take on duties as the head coach of the country’s under 21 squad. Korneyev has put his signature to a two-year contract, with a further two-year extension option.

Korneyev had had an ongoing contract with Feyenoord, but the club gave the Russian the green light to accept Hiddink’s offer. ‘I am very happy with that,’ said Korneyev. ‘While I was very much at home in Feyenoord’s youth development setup, I naturally want to develop as a coach. That’s why I didn’t really have to give it much thought when Guus Hiddink approached me. This is an exceptional chance for me to work with one of the world’s best coaches.’ 

Korneyev will keep his home in Holland, but the new challenge means he will be leaving the country after over a decade. The Russian arrived in Holland via CSKA Moskou, Espanyol and FC Barcelona. His first Dutch club was SC Heerenveen, but he made the switch to Feyenoord in 1997. He played in Rotterdam for five years, racking up 79 games, in which he netted 20 goals. Korneyev then went on the play for NAC, before returning to Feyenoord as a youth coach.

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