Alongside the trophies and impressive performances for club and country, a succession of bust-ups with former managers and fall-outs with PSV and AC Milan suggest that current Chelsea player-manager and BBC football analyzer Ruud Gullit, has a harder, darker side to his character. This biography gets under the skin to examine Gullit's life not only on the pitch but also outside of football - his two marriages and children, alleged liaisons with other women and his talent for songwriting. A new chapter for this paperback edition highlights Gullit's remodelling of the Chelsea team with the new Italian signings and his encounters with the day-to-day demands of football management.
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In just over two years since arriving in London, Ruud Gullit has taken English football by storm, not only revolutionizing Chelsea Football Club but helping to transform the image of the Premier League so that it now attracts the best footballers from all over the world.
Not that it's been plain sailing for Chelsea's player-manager throughout his career. In between winning European Cups with AC Milan and a European Championship with Holland, Gullit experienced a succession of bust-ups with former managers and fellow players, disputes with his clubs, and personal distractions off the pitch suggesting that there is a harder, ruthless side to his character.
What are the pressures involved in being a player-manager for a top London club? Who are the best players in England? How does the standard of football played in the Premiership compare with that on the continent? The answers can be found here in Harry Harris's fully updated profile of Gullit – the football artisan, expert match summariser, anti-racism campaigner, reggae singer and, above all, manager with a mission.
"The Chelsea faithful will undoubtedly lap it up…"
"An easy-going read which guides you effortlessly through Gullit's career and life."
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0002187817