Ruud Gullit laughs off Terek Grozny sack & claims Russia 'is no ordinary country'

Ex-Dutch maestro admits all he can do is chuckle at the situation he finds himself in following his less than perfect spell in Russia
Ruud Gullit was sacked as coach of Terek Grozny on Tuesday and the Dutchman could only laugh at the bizarre nature of his Russian adventure.

Gullit was in the firing line after the club warned he would be ousted if he lost to Amkar Perm and Grozny succumbed to a 1-0 defeat causing the Chechen club's president Ramzan Kadyrov to dismiss the 48-year-old tactician.

But Gullit is struggling to understand his ousting after just six months at the helm following his arrival in January.

"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," he added.

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

Meanwhile, Grozny vice-president Haidar Alkhanov believes the former AC Milan man will end up working for Swiss club Neuchatel Xamax.

"We already know where Gullit will continue his career. His new place of work will be the Swiss side Xamax," Alkhanov told Life Sports.

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