Ruud Gullit

Where is Ruud Gullit now?

After a distinguished playing career playing across Europe, Dutch legend Ruud Gullit hung up his boots in 1995 after a season in the Premier League with Chelsea.

Playing in over 500 domestic games over a 19-year career, Guillit won a vast number of trophies including the Eredivisie three times, Serie A three times and also the European Cup on two occasions.

He was also an important member of the Netherlands national side of the 1980’s representing them on 66 occasions and winning the 1988 UEFA European Championships.
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After a fantastic first season playing under Glenn Hoddle at Chelsea, Gullit was appointed player-manager when Hoddle was appointed manager of the England national side.

Although he made a promising start to his managerial career winning the FA Cup and finishing a respectable sixth place in the Premier League, he was sacked in 1997 after a disagreement with the board.

He then moved on to manage Newcastle United but his time in the North-East was full of controversy and he fell out of favour with the fans when he dropped the team’s top scorer Alan Shearer and club captain Rob Lee.

Gullit resigned at the start of the 1999-2000 season after a 2-1 loss to rivals Sunderland where he left regular starting strikers Shearer and Duncan Ferguson on the bench.

After leaving Newcastle United he went onto have managerial roles at Feyenoord and LA Galaxy as well as Russian Premier League side Terek Grozny for six months in 2011.

In September 2016, Ruud Gullit released his book How to Watch Football his masterclass on how to ‘read’ the game.

The book looks at the technical side of the game and what you should watch out for in respect to tactical decisions and formations.

Amongst the many talking points within the book, he explains the secret of the tiki-taka style of playing, as well as explaining why one striker can be better than three strikers.

Jam packed with Gullit’s acute insights, original observations and talking points, How to Watch Football will be the go to book for any armchair pundit.

In the summer of 2016 Gullit was appointed as a coach of the Netherlands national team alongside his former team-mate Danny Blind however he left the role before he even got started after contract negotiations with the Dutch FA broke down after they claimed he wanted to replace Blind after the current coach’s tenure ended.

Gullit said that this was completely untrue and what he actually wanted was a guarantee that once Blind left he could renegotiate his position.

He did however join the national side in May 2017 as manager Dick Advocaat’s assistant but unfortunately the role was short-lived and they left the set-up after failing to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.

Having worked as a pundit for many years, Gullit continues his work in the media across a number of global sports channels such as Sky Sports, beIN SPORTS and the BBC.

Follow on Twitter @GullitR

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