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Jun 14, 2011

Gullit axed by Russian side Grozny

Dutch legend Ruud Gullit has been sacked as manager of Terek Grozny just minutes after losing 1-0 to Russian Premier League rivals FK Amkar Perm on Tuesday.

Terek, who have won just one of their last six games and hover just above the relegation zone, lost away at the Zvezda Stadium to a last minute own goal from defender Sergey Omelyanchuk.

Club president, and controversial Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov told Gullit prior to the match that if he didn't win he would be sacked for "thinking about bars and discotheques" rather than football.

True to his word, Kadyrov fired the former Chelsea manager shortly after the final whistle, telling Interfax news agency: "Gullit will no longer train Terek.

"Unfortunately, he was unable to prove his mettle as a trainer. Under his leadership, the team played exceptionally poorly this season."

Gullit, 48, said moments after the match ended that he expected to get the sack even if he had won the encounter at Perm. "I don't think it would have mattered if I had won or lost," he said.

The two-time World Player of the Year surprised many when he decided to join Terek in January. The honeymoon, however, was short-lived after the Russian Premier League side started the season with three wins from 12 matches.

Gullit has been offered the chance to see out the remainder of his contract coaching the youth team but it seems highly unlikely after an apparent falling out with Kadyrov.

That was highlighted by a long and bizarre statement released on the club's website on Monday, which amongst criticising Gullit's work ethic also sought to defend the lifestyle in the Chechen Republic.

"President Ramzan Kadyrov is extremely dissatisfied with the approach Ruud Gullit to his duties, which, instead of rolling up our sleeves to work, given the standings, thinking about bars and discos,'' the statement said.

"Gullit must know that he was invited not to night clubs and discos to disappear, but to work in a football club, in this case to achieve the result.

"Yes, we have no drugs, no indecent nightlife, which in the Netherlands and in Europe there is lots. Grozny has all the conditions for people leading a healthy lifestyle. There are modern cinema, ice palaces and parks.''

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