Ruud Gullit lasted just over a year at Newcastle United, and had a confrontation with Newcastle icon, Alan Shearer, to thank for his dismissal.
Ruud Gullit – has made big impact in LA
After Newcastle were beaten 2-1 by Sunderland back in 1999, then Chairman Freddy Shepherd wasted no time in sacking him, and by the next morning Ruud was no longer manager, and that would herald the start of Bobby Robson’s fantastic tenure as manager of the club he loves.
In Bobby’s first season, Newcastle were in a woeful shape, when he took over from Ruud, but he revived the side and the players, and we finished with a good 52 points that season. A monumental effort by Bobby that saved the club from relegation.
But Ruud Gullt is now where he probably should be, in Los Angeles, where he was appointed LA Galaxy manager just last November, following the sacking of Frank Yallop at the end of last season.
He is proving to be an excellent capture for the LA Galaxy and, as we reported yesterday, he has just signed our very own Nobby Solano, who was at Newcastle when Ruud was there, so Gullit is well aware of Nobby’s abilities.
LA Galaxy drew (tied as they say over here), last night with the NY Red Bulls, 2-2, with an injury-time minute equalizer from Landon Donovan, so that LA remain just one point behind Real Salt Lake, at the head of the Western Division.
But David Beckham seems very pleased with what Ruud has been able to do so far at the LA club:
“Well, it wasn’t my decision to bring Ruud here but obviously I was asked about it and to have an experienced coach like Ruud here can only be good for the club and good for the players.â€
“Everybody knows how amazing he was as a player and I know how good he was as a manager as well, from speaking to a lot of players that he managed.â€
“So to have someone with the coach’s experience here is very important for our team and for the club as well because it’s not just on the field that he’s changed things. He’s changed things off the field as well through his experience of managing big clubs.â€
“I think it’s going pretty well. Things are changing round in our club, gradually, and it’s step by step but it’s about getting consistency and I’ve spoken about it all season.â€
“It’s also about getting a togetherness within the team and that’s one thing the coach has also done. He’s brought that togetherness which maybe wasn’t there last year as much as it was this year.”
Beckham is making a big impact in America, not just because of his revitalized and enthusiastic play, but he also seems such a great ambassador for the game, and for his country.
You can never accuse David of letting money or fame interfere with his play, and he still seems to go into every game with the enthusiasm of an eleven year old.
Good for him, and he’s already a great role model for young footballers (soccer players) over here.