Should Terek Grozny manager Ruud Gullit fail to defeat fellow Russian Premier League strugglers Amkar Perm in their next game, club president Ramzan Kadyrov has warned the coach will be at risk of losing his job.
The 48-year-old Dutch boss and former FIFA World Player of the Year, has failed to lift the team to success since his appointment as coach at the beginning of the season. Grozny currently languish in 14th place in the 16-team league.
Gullit had stated before the beginning of the campaign that he was aiming for at least a UEFA Europa League spot next season, the club recalled in a statement. "Today, we must acknowledge that Gullit has not satisifed the expectations of the club's board," Terek Grozny said in a statement, adding that the coach had made numerous errors.
Kadyrov, who is also the strong-arm leader of Chechnya, has given Gullit a last chance. "Ruud Gullit has to come back with the three points. Anything else and he will be relieved of his duties as coach," said Kadyrov, who last month hosted an exhibition match featuring Diego Maradona and Luis Figo.
Gullit, who admitted to being stunned when he was asked to coach Terek, is one of the most successful players in Dutch football. He was part of the Netherlands side that won the 1988 European Championship and was one of the brightest stars of the superstar-laden AC Milan side that won the 1989 and 1990 European Cup titles.
The Dutchman previously coached English Premier League sides Chelsea and Newcastle United, along with Dutch giants Feyenoord and Los Angeles Galaxy in MLS.
Terek Grozny were formed in 1958, but then vanished when war came to Chechnya in the 1990s and did not play again until 2001. They finished in 12th place last year, two places above the relegation zone and 35 points behind champions Zenit St Petersburg.