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PSV Chairman Rob Westerhof assumes that PSV and Guus Hiddink will not part ways completely, as Hiddink might render services as a consultant. Westerhof gave his views on several topics during a talk show on Dutch TV. "There will obviously always be a moment that a coach leaves a club. We feel we have a strong tie with Hiddink and we assume that we will make use of his consulting capacities in future as well. I would appreciate that very much indeed and Hiddink is willing to listen to us." Westerhof announced that PSV prefer a Dutch coach to take charge of PSV. "Dutch coaches have a great reputation, because of their successes and their fine education. But you never know. A foreign coach could also be at the helm. Bobby Robson has proved at PSV that foreign coaches can do a great job." Westerhof also referred to assistant coach Fred Rutten aan. "The squad support him and we will start talks with him. He is being linked with other sides as well. We have not dropped Rutten from our list of candidates." The Chairman did not know whether PSV will continue the double role construction, head coach and technical director."Our first priority is to find a new coach and then we will decide whether we will appoint a new technical director or not. Stan Valckx is an insider in the world of football and I back him completely. The combination of technical director at PSV and of coach of a national side is out of the question, though. Hiddink himself agreed on that. It may be possible to be in an charge of a national team during a large tournament, but not on a permanent basis."The names of some players were raised. "We will do our utmost to make Gomes stay at PSV. Ooijer has one year left on his contract; we would like to offer him a contract extension. Phillip Cocu wants to develop his skills as a trainer and coach, which would be ideal for PSV."