Ruud Gullit: Chelsea stabbed me in the back

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Ruud Gullit has hit out at his sacking by Chelsea.

Gullit has claimed he was sacked by Chelsea after they mistakenly thought he was partying too much in Amsterdam.

Gullit became a player-manager at Stamford Bridge in 1996 after a year in the Blues midfield having been chosen to replace England bound Glenn Hoddle.

He became an instant success, winning the club their first trophy in 26 years with the FA Cup in 1997 and coupling it with a sixth place finish.

"I think I figured it out later on, the reason why I was sacked. I didn't understand why at the time," Gullit told beIN SPORTS.

"My Mum was sick, she had breast cancer. I went to Holland lot in order to just be there for her. If you see your Mum in a hospital, especially for cancer, it's so sad and so down. It was an unbelievable experience to be there and I wanted her to get out as soon as possible because it's depressing.

"So I spent a lot of time with her in Holland. They said I was sacked because I was in Amsterdam partying too much or whatever, it was not even that. I was astonished. Like really stabbed in the back in an unbelievable way."