Former Chelsea boss Ruud Gullit says coaching Luis Suarez would drive him mad, in the wake of the controversy surrounding the Uruguayan biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.
While Suarez has since admitted wrongdoing and publicly apologised for the incident, Gullit states that the striker’s antics would have been very hard to accept if he were his manager and believes the four-month ban from all football-related activities is just punishment, considering his initial lack of sincerity.
"Any misconduct is obviously bad for you," he said. "But the thing with Suarez is he’s done it four [sic] times already. That’s the issue here. The worst part I saw in the report was the fact that he denied it and said he fell on his [Chiellini’s] shoulder. That’s the reason why they punished him.
"If he had showed some remorse I think they would have been milder with him," he added. "But I would have gone crazy if I, as the coach of Uruguay, asked afterwards what he did and was told “I didn’t do anything.” If you didn’t admit what you did because you’re looking for a transfer then that would make me crazy."
While Suarez has received near universal support from his Uruguay teammates, manager and fans back home, the fallout from the event has continued to spiral over the past few days, with recent suggestions that the Liverpool star’s apology was merely issued in order to engineer a summer move to Barcelona.
Latest reports are that the Premier League outfit have opened talks with the Catalan giants over the transfer of the disgraced frontman, though they remain adamant that no sale will happen unless a club meets the release-clause of around £80 million that was included in the £200,000-a-week contract he signed last December.
Coming off a fantastic 2013-14 season with Liverpool, Suarez scored 31 Premier League goals in 33 games as the club narrowly missed out on the title to Manchester City, winning both the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards in the process.
Nevertheless, as highly-regarded a player as the 27-year-old is, one gets the impression that this latest debacle may just be the final straw for the Anfield hierarchy, with Brendan Rodgers’ recent transfer activity seemingly suggesting that plans are already being made for the departure of the talented but troubled talisman.