Former Chelsea boss Rudd Gullit has claimed that he was wrongly sacked by the club because they believed he was partying too much in Amsterdam.
Gullit was appointed player-manager in 2018 having been chosen to replace England-bound boss, Glenn Hoddle. He was an instant hit at Stamford Bridge, leading the Blues to their first trophy in 26 years with the FA Cup in 1997 and coupling it with a sixth place finish in the Premier League.
Chelsea were on a fantastic run the following season too, sitting second on the league table, before Gullit was shocking sacked midway through the season. And the Dutchman has finally lifted the lid on his dismissal at the Bridge.
"I think I figured it out later on, the reason why I was sacked. I didn't understand why at the time," Gullit told beIN SPORTS. "My Mum was sick, she had breast cancer. I went to Holland lot in order to just be there for her. If you see your Mum in a hospital, especially for cancer, it's so sad and so down. It was an unbelievable experience to be there and I wanted her to get out as soon as possible because it's depressing.
"So I spent a lot of time with her in Holland. They said I was sacked because I was in Amsterdam partying too much or whatever, it was not even that. I was astonished. Like really stabbed in the back in an unbelievable way."
Gullit was also dismayed by the dismissal of Roberto Di Matteo, and insisted that Roman Abramovich was wrong to sack the former Italy international, due to his FA Cup and Champions League successes.
"If you win something at Chelsea you get sacked. If you don't win you can stay for a long time," he added. "It's sad for Robbie. He hasn't even been there a year in charge. It's unbelievable, but it's part of being a coach.
"I already had a very good feeling when he won the Champions League maybe they had somebody else in the frame, but I don't think they took any notice of the fact that Robbie could win it."