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Bemused Gullit has no regrets after getting the sack in five months

The coach was expecting the outcome and had already said goodbye but finds his short-lived job a crazy story to describe.

File photo of the news conference by the Chechen leader to announce the arrival of Gullit in February.
File photo of the news conference by the Chechen leader to announce the arrival of Gullit in February.

Ruud Gullit admits he has been left bemused by the events surrounding his dismissal as coach of Russian side Terek Grozny.

The former Chelsea and Newcastle boss was relieved of his duties after just five months in charge yesterday following Terek's 1-0 defeat at Amkar Perm, which left them third from bottom in the Premier Liga with three wins from 13 games.

Terek president Ramzan Kadyrov, who is also the Chechen leader, had warned Gullit that defeat would result in his axing after complaining the 48-year-old had been more concerned with "thinking about bars and discos".

And the Dutchman, who claims he found out about his sacking from the Dutch media, finds the situation slightly comical.

"This is all such a crazy story," he told AD Sportwereld.

"I don't know if I've been fired, but I've already said goodbye.

"I really have to laugh. I knew this was no ordinary country and no ordinary football league. But it's all been too bizarre for words.

"First the president threatens me, then we lose by a last-minute own goal and then I find out from Holland that I'm fired.

"What can I do other than see the humour in it all? I knew I would be dismissed even if we'd won."

However, the former Holland international has no misgivings about accepting the role in the first place.

"I have no regrets. At least my presence put Terek Grozny on the map - nobody had ever heard of the club," Gullit added.