Official: Milan sack Montella, Gattuso is the new coach of the Rossoneri

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Vincenzo Montella during Milan-Austria Wien at Stadio San Siro on November 23, 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
Vincenzo Montella during Milan-Austria Wien at Stadio San Siro on November 23, 2017. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Vincenzo Montella has been sacked by Milan, Gattuso is the replacement.

The 0-0 draw against Torino was the straw that broke the camel’s back as the Milan ownership today gave the order to sack Vincenzo Montella, replacing him with club and Italy legend Rino Gattuso.

“Milan announce to have parted ways with coach Vincenzo Montella,” a statement on the Rossoneri’s website reads. “We are very grateful to Mr. Montella and his staff for all the work done up to today, their commitment and professionalism.

“Management of the first team is entrusted to Gennaro Gattuso, who leaves his position as Primavera coach and to whom Milan wish the best of luck. A presser is scheduled for tomorrow to present the new coach at Milanello training center.” Alessandro Lupi has replaced Gattuso at the Primavera.

Montella was chosen by the Chinese ownership (represented by Marco Fassone and Massimiliano Mirabelli) to lead Milan into the new era and the ex-Roma, Fiorentina and Sampdoria coach, who only signed a contract extension until 2019 in May, was involved in the summer purchase campaign.

Marco Fassone, Vincenzo Montella and Massimiliano Mirabelli before Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on October 28, 2017. (@acmilan.com)
Marco Fassone, Vincenzo Montella and Massimiliano Mirabelli before Milan-Juventus at Stadio San Siro on October 28, 2017. (@acmilan.com)

But the results – despite the continuous promises of Montella – never arrived. Mirabelli admitted before the Torino game yesterday that they had expected to be in a different position in the table and after drawing Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side, the Rossoneri find themselves closer to the relegation zone (+10) than to a spot that gives the Champions League (-11 from Roma who have a match in hand).

It was initially reported that Montella learned about the decision to fire him from a ‘collaborator’ of the club, but according to Milannews.it, the news was communicated directly from Mirabelli. The decision was taken over the night after a long conference call with President Yonghong Li. Sky also believes that it was the ownership that made the final decision to end ties with Montella.

Vincenzo Montella during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)
Vincenzo Montella during training at Milanello. (@acmilan.com)

Montella lasted 517 days as the coach of the Diavolo and has a record of 32 wins, 14 draws and 18 defeats. The highlights of his tenure of course are the Supercoppa Italiana victory against Juventus in December, the win at San Siro against the Bianconeri in October and returning to Europe.

“Coaching Milan was an honor, working with this group even more so,” Montella wrote on his Twitter account. “I thank the fans for their support, Fassone and Mirabelli for this opportunity and my staff for supporting me throughout. I hope Rino takes Milan back where they belong.”

Vincenzo Montella and Gennaro Gattuso at Milanello on May 26, 2017. (@acmilan.com)
Vincenzo Montella and Gennaro Gattuso at Milanello on May 26, 2017. (@acmilan.com)

Unless surprises occur, Gattuso will lead Milan at least until the end of the season. His career as a player is undoubtedly legendary but he’s had his struggles as a manager: after retiring from football in 2013, he coached FC Sion but was sacked at the end of the season. He then went on to coach Palermo but was sacked after just six matches in charge. His next experience was in Greece OFI Crete but resigned in December 2014 due to the club’s financial problems. In 2015 he joined Pisa, leading them to Serie B promotion, but a year later his side finished last and was relegated to Lega Pro.

This season with the Primavera, Rino’s team found its form after two initial defeats (5-1 to Sassuolo and 3-0 to Inter). The Milan Primavera is currently sitting in third place with 19 points after 10 games. Gattuso’s Pisa were known for their defensive abilities, conceding just 36 goals in 42 matches in Serie B, but had a serious problem of scoring as they had the worst attack in the league with 23 goals.

Gennaro Gattuso during Milan Primavera-Inter Primavera on September 16, 2017. (@acmilan.com)
Gennaro Gattuso during Milan Primavera-Inter Primavera on September 16, 2017. (@acmilan.com)

Former Italy Prime Minister and Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi congratulated the 39-year-old Gattuso on his new job via a Twitter message: “I had a long, affectionate and friendly phone call with my old warrior Rino Gattuso. Good luck. Forza Rino! And of course, Forza Milan!”

Tomorrow Gattuso will lead his first training session as the head coach. He is the 5th man – and 3rd Primavera coach – to sit on the red and black bench sine Massimiliano Allegri was fired in 2012.

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Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees fTW!

sheva
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sheva

Thanks God. Montella is sacked.

Lowo Milan
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Lowo Milan

Good luck for montela, but its time for milan to battling mode again… Forza Milan

bukason
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Hachim
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about time, the guy was so clueless.
Hopefully a change in system, otherwise it is a long season.

ZeR0W1
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Not a change. A system. Cause I’ve seem no system at all this season with Montella.

Raven
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Raven

Guys short story, Venezuelan NT is the only team of south america that has never qualified to a WC, this year venezuela had protest riots and more than 100 mens under 22 killed in the protest, And You guys know what happened at Under 20 WC? Venezuela almost had England at the final, why is that? we don’t have the best coach, even though he is good, because the team had Grinta, they wanted to give something to Venezuela to feel proud of, this is what Gatusso might achieve and why I think is an improvement over Montella why always… Read more »

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Huge gamble, and a mistake imo. Appointing an inexperienced coach to replace Montella is madness. I hope Gatusso proves me wrong, and does great, but can’t see that happening at the moment.

Best of luck Gatusso, you’ll need every bit of it.

soheil balini
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Even a scarecrow is better tha Montella in this situation!

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

That’s the thing, as low as we are, there’s still much further to fall.

Blaine
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Blaine

The management doesn’t really know what they are doing..they sacked montella then replace him with gattusso??…even when there’s Laurent blanc and tuchel…fassoneli and mirabelli are worse than ac millan problem

milan4lyf
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milan4lyf

Actually Gattuso is the perfect interim coach. I think milan is waiting for Conte. Appointing Tuchel/L.Blanc would mean sacrificing all hopes for Conte or Ancelotti or any other high profile coach. But we do need a high profile coach next season. Gattuso is probably here only to carry us the rest of the season as this season has already ended for us. If Gattuso does well and can get us back to CL from this position, we won’t need to change coaches at all. We do need defensive solidity which Gattuso can bring us with his grit and personality. We… Read more »

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oluwa shevy

u guys r hapi fry pan to fire come on Wots Wot doing is wot doing well.can u imagine take a look at gattuso cv he as never coach any big team even a semi lesser team.n still owful n bin sacked by does smaller teams.u want defensive football in our team no flair is now I know of dis men came to kill m bury Milan with dis act I even prefer seedorf to dis.all of u hapi dey sack montella u will regret wit gattuso let’s c.is now I conclude Milan season is over.forza milan

#10
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#10

They want a new attitude

Ted
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Ted

I’m really curious about the system since he also played 352 with Primavera but probably due to first team connection. He’s known to play 433 with others

I’m also hoping to see more of Locatelli, Silva and Cutrone in starting eleven but I believe Montolivo and Jack will be his picks at first cause of their relationship. I think Bonucci will love it with Gattuso and his grinta

Forza Rino!

Alexmilan
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Alexmilan

He didn’t play 3-5-2 at primavera !!!!!!!!!!!!! He played a lot of systems but not 3-5-2. He played 4-3-3, 4-3-1-2, 4-2-3-1, because there he has the trio Tiago Dias, Forte, Sinani in the attack and he played often 4-3-3. Guarnone- Campeol, Llamas, Bellodi, Bellanova – Hilali, Brescianini ( Murati ), Pobega – Dias, Forte, Sinani. And I am 100 % sure that he will bring Dias at the first team.

Ted
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Ted

Ok!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike
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Mike

Lets get behind rino
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6utGPAYw-A4
Dont forget the fire he had for his shirt

Barney
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Barney

Thank God nutella got sacked , but to be fair fassobelli and mirrabelli should be sacked as well they let this go on tooo far !!! They should’have sacked morontella weeks ago , now our season is over And they took a huge gamble on rhino ..a realy good management would’have replaced montella at the start of the season !!! We all knew he wasn’t good enough and they let him stay with a big project they should’have signd a big name like lippi or capello ‘ or van gaal but no they gone with morontella and now our season… Read more »

Raven
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Raven

“After saying that he liked the performance and the results will come Montella said: “Kalinić just needs to score a goal and break that drought, but he feels the tension, especially when the chance is at his feet, and I feel a warm embrace from the crowd would help.”
Shameless bastard, lol, I think after saying that managment said yeah.. ok Montella you’re fired.
romagnoli-bonucci-mussachio
RR-Biglia-kessie-abate
7 defenders the most horrible approach I’ve ever seen i’m glad they sack that idiot

Alexmilan
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Alexmilan

agrreeeed !

AC4M
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AC4M

Finally!

Now I hope the management give some presents to Gattuso like they did with Montella with his signings (Kalinic, André Silva etc) in January.

makAveli
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makAveli

Wow.. I literally just woke up and this feed popped up. Well, one regret I have is WHAT WAS MANAGEMENT FREAKING WAITING FOR? After only 14 games, we are 11 points behind 4th place Roma and yet they have a game in hand. Now all the pressure is on Gattuso and I doubt he can do any better. I have been hoping Marcelino, coach of Valencia, who in his only season at the club is currently unbeaten after 13 games. Had won 8 in a row and only drew with Barca yesterday to end the winning streak. Damn. It’s really… Read more »

makAveli
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makAveli

I am not so optimistic about Gattuso. But I would be so happy if he takes the approach seedorf proposed. Getting Excited Milan players involved in the backroom like how he wanted Crespo and Stam. Who knows, he may convince Pirlo too..
Regarding Montella, I was a fan before. Especially because I held on to liking him as a player even when he went to Fulham, and because of how his Fiorentina played. But I got disappointed in him this season and one cannot be surprised he was sacked.

makAveli
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makAveli

I am not so optimistic about Gattuso. But I would be so happy if he takes the approach seedorf proposed. Getting Excited Milan players involved in the backroom like how he wanted Crespo and Stam. Who knows, he may bring in Pirlo too. It’s really a pity we are going back to Year Zero again

I-Milan
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I-Milan

Why did it take this long?
For those saying the players should take some blame; what you need to ask yourselves is: Did Montella ask for those players or not? In my opinion, Carlos Bacca sums is up well, “God took His time, but never forgot.” Montella did not have it in him to lead Milan. Players like Bacca, Kucka, J. Sosa should have stayed – in my opinion.

Numerouno
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Numerouno

Ohh My God. No offense to Gatuso, but is Milan serious to go to CL or not? If i can make a polling to Milan fans all over the planet Yes or No about Gatuso coaching Milan, i believe more than 60% choose No.

Kaka
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Kaka

In my opinion Gattuso is just for a short term. No one knows what the management thinks about, I didn’t even wait Montella to be sacked. They should have a plan but maybe it’s not as bad as its title – Gattuso on Milan’s bench. Let’s see…

At least a coach must have been sacked cuz last results… No matter who would come…

Adekunle
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Adekunle

You guys are condemning Gattuso after shouting Montella out, who believed in Zidane or what was his experience before Madrid, they sacked Ancelloti of all coaches and replaced with Zidane, I believe in Gattuso and he will take us there. Forza Milan

Numerouno
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Numerouno

U have to see Gatuso’s track record, he was sacked by 4 clubs, he made his last club before Primavera being degraded, his winning record was not more than 25% of all his matches as a manager. Just tell me how we can believe in Milan under Gatuso?

soheil balini
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you are talking like he coached Barca and Manchester
All the team he coached beside Sion are big jokes. and they are struggling even after Rino
Give one of our legends a chance and if he failed then talk like this!!!

Numerouno
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Numerouno

So its backfired at u, if he can’t managed big jokes club and at least uplift their possition a little bit, how on earth he can manages Milan up

soheil balini
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By your way of thinking Inzaghi is the right choice for milan now! He uplifted a small club right now so he should be our coach. just so you think it backfired at me and its right?! No big coach in his right mind would accept Milan job mid season! Rino at least is a character and a legend of our blood. I can’t believe someone who is a Milan fan be so negative about our legend.

Sheva
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Sheva

now terminate contracts with bonaventura, zapata, kalinic, storari,borini and we will be starting something. Sack bonaventura for a mark for a new era. Bonaventura “best” player last season, but now you are garabage.. why bonaventura? Because milan was not milan for the last 2 years.. milan was below atalanta.. thats why you had a name… now when milan is MILAN and not alatala.. you have no longer a place since you are not a milan player to begin with. Go back to alanata because you are not better than that and let the other garabage players follow you to their… Read more »

Sheva
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Sheva

no Perfect10 that is no way to go!

Alexmilan
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Alexmilan

still pathetic :)))

Niels8
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Niels8

Glad that Montella is out, but don’t understand why it has to be Gattuso.
Yes, he has the right attitude and that will be valuable for the team. However the problem this season is not behaviour like few years ago, but tactic (especially in the final third). Not sure if Gattuso will do it well. He did not do good job in Sino or Palermo. His type and strength (now) are more suitablue for the youngsters..

Tkonami
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Tkonami

Most of you don’t understand football, you keep shouting “gattuso is inexperience”, what should the management do when experience coach like ancelloti is running from millan, well, am not moved by your inexperience thought because that was how many people said when zidane was appointed as head coach for R.MADRID and he won 2 champions league in his first two(2) season. Montella is too bad, no tactics, the player are playing as if they have not been training,and the only thing they do is to give suso ball to cross or shoot,lolz, he even played suso as lwb, he could… Read more »

Misund
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Misund

I think you dont understand why they are shouting. Not to get Jose or guardiola. But someone experienced like Sarri or Giampaolo. Dont need to be such a famous manager you are hinting after. We need someone smart structured and that know what do do in this kind of situations, someone who can handle the mental situation we are in.. Gattuso do not, he is gonna lose his head after the first week in this circus. (he have been the man putting his previous clubs in the same situation we are in.)

Milanellofm
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Milanellofm

I’m getting behind gattuso. He has determination and will whip anyone in shape I’ll give him that. I just hope that he actually has balls. Unlike any manager we’ve had recently who won’t speak up, I really hope he comes out and says these players are playing like merda and anyone who doesn’t give me everything and more can leave. I want that attitude, whip the pretty boys into shape who have it too good on this team. These days if a manager sits a player and tells him he sucked the team turns on him and he gets sacked,… Read more »

Kaka22
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Kaka22

OMG,I’m late to the party,yes yes yes…Good luck Montella,Gattuso even though your coaching career hasn’t been good so far,i hope you get it right with us as you’ve gotten it right with the primavera and most importantly you have the milan DNA,bring that fire you got to the players,let them bleed and sweat for this jersey.I’m so happy.

Milan
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Milan

Clarence seedorf should still be the coach of AC Milan as we speak. This was the only one of the last 4 or 5 coaches that I think had some promise for the rebuilding of AC Milan

Milan
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Milan

I’m not a big fan of conte either

Milanista121
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Milanista121

I really hope Gattuso does well, I cant deal with another legend’s name/legacy being ruined by impatient disrespectful fans.
I wonder how long it will take until Gattuso is branded as clueles… but he has my support! Some part of me actually feels that maybe he can do well. Let’s hope!

Milan
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Milan

Clarence seedorf should still be the coach of AC Milan as we speak. This was the only coach out of the last 4 or 5 who I feel had the creativity to lead AC Milan back where they belong (in the Champions League)

Gio
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Gio

I hope Gattuso will make a good job. If he transfer his courage as a player to the team good things will happen. And I dont like the comparison with Zidane and Guardiola, I mean they had good results with shitty teams??? NO. They gave them the players they want (The most expensive and already proved world wide) and also each one had the best 2 players of their generation. Instead look Liverpool coach he took Borusia Dortmund from bellow and put them in the top with a process.

Misund
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Misund

Zidane and Guardiola where two of the smartest players that ever stepped on a football field. Gattuso is a joke compared to them. Zidane and Guardiola was tactical geniuses, both as players and in their first steps as managers. Guardiola started in Italy with sampdoria. and was brilliant. RM took a chance on Zidane. but thats a chance worth taking, cuz he have brilliant brain. Gattuso was never brilliant, he is the muscle. Not the brain.

Amos K. Dennis
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Amos K. Dennis

I love his spirit on the field…hope Gattuso can turn Milan into a fighting and winning team…”Liberia is following”

Ted
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Ted

I can already see Rino and Bonucci headbutt each other in celebrations

Calm down
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Calm down

“In 2015 he joined Pisa, leading them to Serie B promotion, but a year later his side finished last and was relegated to Lega Pro” ???

“Had a serious problem of scoring as they had the worst attack in the league with 23 goals”?

Now I am worried.

Baresis Dream
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Baresis Dream

Comparisons between Gatusso and Zidane are rather wishful thinking at the very least. Zidane, who btw doesn’t look like coach of century this season, got a ready made team. Notice how several of Real Madrid and Barca’s coaches are nominated as coaches of the year despite being nobodys as coach es beforehand – enrique, zidane, vilanova. Coincidence? We need a veteran wolf of seria a (e.g. our next door neighbor’s coach) that can gather points the ugly way if needed, or a big name that can help attract the big names. And we need a better transfer strategy, much better.… Read more »

Alvin K Garway
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Reno! What a Coach….. A pressing team. Small boys can’t wear Milan Jersey. Liberia is part of Milan…. Long live AC Milan. Good Luck Reno…..

Misund
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Misund

Gattuso is a small guy tho. haha

Alvin K Garway
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Reno! What a Coach….. A pressing team. Small boys can’t wear Milan Jersey. Liberia is part of Milan…. Long live AC Milan. Good Luck Reno….. Bye old style of playing Montilla…. I will never miss you…

Terry
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Terry

Why does Milan keep hiring low level coaches? No disrespect to Reno, but we need a veteran. Donadoni would have been a much better option.

agustinar
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agustinar

i prefer seedorf than gattuso. but hey let see. gattuso might be like simeone at atletico

Someonesomewhere
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Someonesomewhere

They should have fired him earlier. However, why in the world did they hire Gattuzo. Everyone knows he doesnt have the brain to coach at this level . I want him to do well, but I just don’t see it. Apparently, the drama continues.

Ross Oneri
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Ross Oneri

Given the squad we have, Gattuso can do better than what I have seen so far.

oluwa shevy
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oluwa shevy

honestly d drama continues.i luv gattuso as a player but I don’t see him doing well.people saying wot about zidane u can’t compare d squad he as even MI I will coach Real Madrid n win a trophy.d Saga continues but I hop not.bcos I want d best for mi team forza Milan

Tkonami
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Tkonami

You guys havn’t even watch gattuso team play, you don’t even know his prefered tactis and how he switches formation during matches and u are saying sh*t about him, let’s see what the young man gat for us, lets wait till atleast january or february before sayying all this. Com’on RINO, time to kick some ass, he is gonna beat the hell out of those lazy players. lols Paulo dybala says “gattuso will kick and punch me atleast 3-4 times in every training season” and that was when he was coaching palermo.