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Ruud Gullit appointed coach of Terek Grozny in Russia

Ruud Gullit
Gullit left his last management job at LA Galaxy in 2008

Ruud Gullit has been appointed head coach of Russian Premier League club Terek Grozny on an 18-month contract.

The 48-year-old former Chelsea, Newcastle and Feyenoord boss has been out of management since leaving Los Angeles Galaxy in August 2008.

Gullit said: "I'm very happy with my contract. I look forward to getting back into it and this is a beautiful, great opportunity for me."

The Chechen Republic outfit finished 12th in the 16-team League last year.

Gullit will join the team at their winter training camp in Anatolia in Turkey on Sunday.

The Dutchman added: "Next weekend I will join up with the team and we will begin preparing for the season."

Terek Grozny are based in the capital of Chechnya, which has been through two major wars in twenty years.

Club president Ramzan Kadyrov, who is also the President of the Chechen Republic, has set Gullit the target of a top-eight position in the league by mid-season.


Terek open their league campaign against champions Zenit St Petersburg on 10 March.

The Russian Premier League season is in the process of transferring from a summer to a winter season to align the national league with the European season.

The 2011-12 campaign will feature an inaugural play-off system where, after the initial 30 league games, the top eight teams will splinter off to compete for the top spots and European places.

Gullit left LA Galaxy in August 2008, citing personal reasons after his family had struggled to settle in California.

Since leaving the Major League Soccer outfit, Gullit has worked as a television pundit and was also an ambassador for the unsuccessful Dutch-Belgian 2018 World Cup bid.

Gullit, the 1987 European player of the year, is the third high-profile Dutch coach to manage in Russia in recent years.

The Russian national team boss is former Glasgow Rangers boss Dick Advocaat, who also coached Zenit St Petersburg from 2006 to 2009, winning a league title and UEFA Cup.

Former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink was in charge of the Russian national team before Advocaat from 2006 to 2010.

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