Dutch football star Ruud Gullit faces the sack as coach of Terek Grozny if the Chechen club does not win its next match, against Amkar in Perm on Tuesday, the club said on its official website.
“[Chechen leader] Ramzan Kadyrov has set Ruud Gullit the task of leaving Perm with all three points. In the case of the match ending the opposite way, Gullit will be dismissed from his post as head coach,” read the statement posted on the website on Monday.
Gullit joined the Chechen club in January, and after 12 games, his side are 14th in the 16-team Russian Premier League, one place and three points above the second relegation spot. Amkar, their opponents on Tuesday evening, also have three wins and three draws, but are a place above as they have scored one more goal – 10 – than the Chechens.
The club statement details at great length the problems with Gullit’s tenure. It says Kadyrov, who is club president as well as the head of the republic, “is extremely dissatisfied with Ruud Gullit’s approach to his duties.”
“Instead of rolling up his sleeves to work, given the standings, he is thinking about bars and discos,” the club says.
It criticizes the Dutchman over his transfer policy and for failing to give the team any coherent playing style.
“Terek has never looked so hopeless before,” the statement says.
Terek finished 12th in the 2010 season, three places and three points off relegation.
The Amkar-Terek game kicks off at 17:45 Moscow time (13:45 GMT) on Tuesday.
MOSCOW, June 13 (RIA Novosti)