Ex-manager Vincenzo Montella was only in the job for 18 months.
The former Roma star, who spent a spell on loan at Fulham in 2007, was sacked as AC Milan earlier today following a nil-all draw against Torino at home which seemingly proved to be the last straw for the club’s top brass.
Under Montella’s stewardship, Milan finished sixth in the Serie A table last season. He spent over £170m this summer in an attempt to bridge the gap to the dominant Juventus, bringing in the likes of Leonardo Bonuuci, André Silva and Andrea Conti, but to no avail.
Currently seventh in the league, six points behind sixth placed Sampdoria with a game more played, and 18 points behind leaders Napoli, the club saw fit to draft in Gennaro Gattuso, who until now was managing Milan’s youth side.
In a statement, the club had the following to say.
“AC Milan announce to have parted ways with VMontella. Management of the first team is entrusted to Gennaro Gattuso, who leaves his position as Primavera coach and to whom we wish the best of luck.”
A former World Cup winner, Gattuso also won a Champions League title and multiple Serie A’s in his 13 years at the San Siro, and has previous managerial experience with fellow Italian sides Palermo and Pisa.
Gattuso follows former Rangers teammate Ally McCoist into managing a club where he is considered a legend at. Though McCoist was a popular appointment and won crucial back to back promotions, he was at the helm when Rangers were placed into the fourth tier of Scottish football due to financial difficulties.
The example of Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid might prove to be a better one to emulate for the 39-year-old.