Ruud set for return to club management

Last updated : 06 January 2004 By Martyn Elliott

Gullit has been out of club management for four years since resigning (in order to avoid the axe?) in the wake of the ‘selecting Paul Robinson ahead of Alan Shearer for the derby’ debacle.

Recently the former AC Milan star has been in charge of the Dutch Under-19 team and the KNVB don’t seem too happy about his decision to quit, with a spokesman commenting: "He has a lot of potential for Holland when we look at the commercial side, especially during the World Youth Championships in 2005.

"Because of him leaving, the KNVB will be damaged and for that we want compensation.

"Both parties are talking about this, but a deal has not been made yet.

"We are negotiating with the agent of Gullit about money. I don't think that we will reach an agreement soon."

Feyenoord captain Kees van Wonderen responded to news of Gullit’s appointment by reiterating his decision to retire at the end of the season.

Perhaps he feared that he might have to watch Silvio Maric, Marcelino, Didier Domi and Alain Goma next season, while the club’s most loyal and talented players are banished from the first team.