“I was stabbed in the back” – former Chelsea boss claims he was sacked by Chelsea for taking care of his sick mother

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Ruud Gullit was surprisingly sacked by Chelsea in 1998 despite the Blues sitting second in the table.

The Dutchman guided the Blues to our first trophy in 26 years in the previous season after winning the FA Cup in 1997.

Ruud Gullit during his days as a Chelsea player. Photo: Chelsea FC

Gullit has now revealed Chelsea sacked him because the club thought he was partying when he was actually caring for his ill mother.

“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.”

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