Thursday, August 27, 1998 Published at 11:06 GMT 12:06 UK
The Ruud Gullit file
Cup joy: Gullit after Chelsea's 1997 FA Cup victory
1962 Born Surinam, September 1.
1970 Signed by Dutch club Meerboys as a junior.
1978 Signed for Harlem by former West Bromwich Albion player Barry Hughes, then the Dutch club's coach.
1981 Made international debut for Holland against Switzerland on 19th birthday.
1982 Moved to Feyenoord.
1985 Transferred to PSV Eindhoven for £400,000.
1987 Signed by AC Milan for world record £5.5million. Voted European and World Footballer of the Year. Dedicated European award to Nelson Mandela.
1988 Helped Milan to Italian League title. Captained Holland to European Championship glory. Sustained serious knee injury.
1989 Scored twice as Milan won European Cup with 4-0 victory over Steaua Bucharest.
1990 Won second successive European Cup winners' medal with Milan after 1-0 win over Benfica. Played in World Cup finals for only time but disappointment for the Dutch, who went out to West Germany in the second round.
1992 Won second Italian title medal. Announced retirement from international soccer for "personal reasons" but later had change of heart.
1993 Won third Italian League winners' medal with Milan before joining Sampdoria.
Again announced he was quitting international soccer after rowing with Dutch manager Dick Advocaat following his substitution in a World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley.
1994 Made international comeback against Scotland but walked out of training camp after another argument with Advocaat with the World Cup less than three weeks away.
In all, made 66 appearances for Holland, scoring 16 goals. Moved back to Milan for seven months before returning to Sampdoria.
1995 Signed two-year contract with Chelsea, leaving Sampdoria on a free transfer.
1996 Appointed player-coach in succession to Glenn Hoddle after the latter's decision to succeed Terry Venables as England coach.
Subsequently agrees new two-year contract with further option.
1997 Guides Chelsea to sixth place in the Premiership and wins the FA Cup with a 2-0 defeat of Middlesbrough at Wembley.
1998 On February 12 is relieved of duties after failing to agree contract extension.
Gianluca Vialli, the striker he brought from Juventus on a free transfer, is appointed his successor.
Works as ITV World Cup pundit. Rumours abound about return to management with a variety of Premiership clubs.
Confirmed as Kenny Dalglish's successor as Newcastle manager on August 27.