Ex-Newcastle winger Gillespie: Gullit arrogance cost him job

Former Newcastle United winger Keith Gillespie says Ruud Gullit failed at St James' Park due to his arrogance.

Former Newcastle United winger Keith Gillespie says Ruud Gullit failed at St James' Park due to his arrogance.

Gillespie wrote in his new book, 'Keith Gillespie: How Not To Be A Football Millionaire',: “He was the classic case of a manager living off the reputation of his playing days.

“It was difficult to warm to Ruud because of his arrogance.

“On a good day, he would strut around the place like he was responsible, yet when the team got into trouble he seemed unable to react.

“There was no shouting or roaring.

“He just didn’t have the ability to grasp why players would make the kind of mistakes that he never did in his pomp.

“Without that understanding, he was a terrible motivator.

“He rarely spoke to us individually and, when he did, it seemed as though he was looking through you.

“Kevin Keegan made you want to play for him.

“Gullit struggled to inspire anybody, and seemed happier alienating people, even if it was a key player like Shearer, which ultimately cost him his job.”

 
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