Redknapp and son can't understand Gullit passion for Chelsea

Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp admits he couldn't understand why Ruud Gullit celebrated Chelsea winning the Champions League in 2012.
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Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp admits he couldn't understand why Ruud Gullit celebrated Chelsea winning the Champions League in 2012.

Gullit served Chelsea as player and manager, but Redknapp and son Jamie couldn't understand his passion for the Blues.

Redknapp wrote in his book, 'Always Managing: My Autobiography by Harry Redknapp', which is being serialised in the Daily Mail: "You all know what happened. Chelsea were outplayed by Bayern Munich — as they had been by Barcelona and by Napoli in previous rounds — but they won the trophy.

"It meant Spurs hadn’t qualified for the following season’s Champions League, despite finishing fourth — two points above Chelsea in the Premier League. They took our place as holders. I was distraught. I felt like crying.

"Jamie invited me over — he said Sky had a box at the game and I should go as his guest.

"Ruud Gullit was there and was carrying on right in front of me like a lunatic. He had nothing riding on the game — Chelsea had sacked him, for heaven’s sake — but he didn’t care.

"Ruud was jumping around, cheering, singing, banging on the windows to draw the attention of the Chelsea players — and, when they looked up, in the background was me, feeling probably at my lowest as a football manager.

"In the end, I think Jamie got quite upset on my behalf.

"‘Ruud, do us a favour, they sacked you, didn’t they?’ he said to him. ‘Ah, yes, but that was different people,’ said Ruud and then carried on oblivious."

 
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