Dutch legend Ruud Gullit was dismissed from his position as manager of struggling Russian Premier League side Terek Grozny today after losing a match he had been ordered to win by the club president and leader of Chechnya.
"On the subject of the leadership, Terek announced that if the team did not win at Amkar then head coach Ruud Gullit would be dismissed," said a club statement. "Following the defeat in today's match and the poor performances in general, the decision to release Gullit from the post of head coach has been made.
"Gullit can train the youth structure, but in the position of head coach of Terek the club no longer sees him in this role."
"Gullit will no longer train Terek," the Interfax news agency quoted Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov as saying after the club's 1-0 defeat at fellow strugglers Amkar Perm. "Unfortunately, he was unable to prove his mettle as a trainer. Under his leadership, the team played exceptionally poorly this season."
Gullit 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 it I had won or lost," Gullit said.
Terek started brightly enough in the early moments of today's match against Perm, deploying their physical and aggressive style that has seen them concede the second-most number of fouls in the league this season.
However, despite their dominance they never could put away their chances and eventually conceded a 90th minute own-goal. The result left Terek in 14th place among 16 teams with just three wins from 13 matches.