Gennaro Gattuso has left the Diavolo after finishing in 5th place, ‘the club will now conduct a recruitment process for a new full-time manager for the first team’.
Gattuso was appointed as Milan’s head coach on November 27, replacing Vincenzo Montella. Rino led the Rossoneri to 6th and 5th-place finishes, and today it became official that he will not be sitting on the Milan bench next season.
“Milan announces Gennaro Gattuso will leave his role as the club’s first team manager by mutual agreement with immediate effect,” a statement on the website reads this evening. “The club will now conduct a recruitment process for a new full-time manager for the first team, ahead of the ICC summer tour and the first seasonal matches of the 2019/20 domestic championship, the domestic cup and the UEFA Europa League.
“Milan wishes to thank Gennaro Gattuso for his leadership during the last eighteen months. A true legend of the Rossoneri, Gennaro stepped into the role during what was a difficult period for the Club and has performed admirably, securing the Club’s highest League points total since 2012/13. Milan must now look to the future, whilst ensuring continuity, financial stability and sustainable growth.
“Ivan Gazidis, CEO of Milan, said: ‘I have had the privilege to get to know Rino Gattuso over the past six months since my arrival at the Club. Rino has given everything to our efforts this season, and has worked tirelessly, always taking full responsibility, putting the club above every other consideration. I want to say from the bottom of our hearts, thank you Rino.'”
Gattuso had a contract for two more years with Milan, until 2021. Today he was at Casa Milan with his staff to terminate his deal. The boss was quoted on Tuesday’s edition of La Repubblica, stating that he is not going to demand any of the money that he’s owed by the club – €11m.
“Deciding to leave the Milan bench is not easy, but it’s a decision I had to make,” Gattuso apparently said. “There was not a precise moment in which I decided it: it was the accumulation of these 18 months as coach of a team that for me will never be like the others. Those were months that I lived with great passion, unforgettable months. Mine is a painful but thoughtful choice. Will I give up my two-year contract? Yes, because my story with Milan will never be a question of money.”
The replacement of Gattuso will be decided soon. What’s clear is that the club will choose someone who is in line with the project of Elliott and that is someone who knows how to work with young players. Milan are going to focus on cheap and inexperienced players and they need someone who can guide such ship. The names of Jardim, Giampaolo and Simone Inzaghi have been mentioned.
As reported by Opta, Milan averaged a 1.81 points/game in Serie A under Gattuso. Only Juventus (2.44) and Napoli (2.13) did better over the same period.