Saturday, August 28, 1999 Published at 16:01 GMT 17:01 UK
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Gullit quits Newcastle
Gullit: Unhappy with press attention
Newcastle's under-fire manager Ruud Gullit has resigned blaming the media for invading his privacy .
But he said he could no longer carry on under such intense scrutiny which was affecting his family.
He made no mention of the battle of wills with Newcastle captain Alan Shearer which culminated in the striker being left on the bench in a crucial game last week.
After hearing of Gullit's resignation, Shearer admitted he did not see "eye to eye" with the Dutchman.
"There was no hiding the fact that me and Ruud didn't see eye to eye, but I was as surprised as anyone when I heard the news.
"There was no rift. I made that clear to everyone on Tuesday. He had his reasons for leaving me out on Wednesday and you'd have to ask him why he did that.
"I always said no individual is bigger than any football club. I took it in the right way and we didn't get a good result and everything has happened so quickly over the last few days."
Newcastle squandered the lead in the game for the fourth time in a row.
Gullit remained defiant
Gullit infuriated the club's supporters by leaving Shearer out of the starting line-up for the game.
There were boos at the end of the game, but Gullit remained defiant over the decision.
Shearer backed his manager prior to the match against Sunderland.
But the support was received grudgingly by Gullit, who said: "It's time that he said something. He's the captain, that's one of his jobs."
The Dutchman has been under pressure for weeks after his side's desperate start to the season.
In fact they have not won a game since April, a run of 12 matches, and despite the investment of around £16m during the summer, things have gone from bad to worse.
Gullit arrived at St James' Park exactly a year ago after Kenny Dalglish's split with the club left a yawning vacancy on Tyneside.
He promised 'sexy football' but when that failed to arrive support for his management went into decline.
Newcastle's next two matches are against Manchester United and Chelsea and there is a very real possibility that United could approach the middle of September with a solitary point to their name.
Gullit's departure had an immediate effect on the future of Shearer's close friend Rob Lee, who trained with the first team squad for the first time in weeks, after being discarded by the Dutchman.
Lee, who has not even been given a squad number for the new season, is in the squad for Monday's difficult trip to Manchester United, as Newcastle attempt to record their first Premiership victory in 13 attempts.