Gennaro Gattuso spoke for the first time since leaving his position as the coach of Milan, saying the Rossoneri have ‘smart directors who know what they are doing’.
Gattuso had a contract at Milan until 2021 given to him by Marco Fassone and Massimiliano Mirabelli. But earlier this week it was confirmed Rino had left the club ‘by mutual consent’, after finishing 5th in the past Serie A season, missing the Champions League spot by one point.
Gennaro was today at Carlo Ancelotti’s 60th birthday celebration at Carpi and he spoke to Sky Italia. “I owe so much to Ancelotti, he was a great coach, a great teacher and in difficult times we often talk to each other. I smile because he’s reached 60 years and I hope to get at that age myself [laughs],” Gattuso said.
“Milan is something that will always remain within me. They gave me a huge opportunity, both as a coach and a player. It was a difficult decision, but at this moment, it was right to make it. The club is in good hands, there are smart directors who know what they’re doing and great men too. The fans can relax, they shouldn’t worry.
“I renounced the money owed to me to guarantee 24 months of payment to my staff? I don’t want to talk about money, because when it comes to Milan, money doesn’t matter to me. This story was talked about, but I don’t like to talk money when there are emotions and my heart in the mix. For me, Milan’s history is incredible and this club gave far more to me than I did to them. I don’t want to be praised for a normal gesture towards people I’ve worked with for years.
“The best and the ugliest moment on the Rossoneri bench? This season we had such big opportunity, we could have given the knockout but instead we always missed it. We lost our way, but did well overall, as 68 points are not few. There are more positive than negative things. The regret is that we could’ve done better during that period with five points in seven games, but it’s a young squad that ought to be thanked.
“A message to the fans? This year we gave them joy and also great disappointment, but having a million fans come to San Siro over the season is impressive. Milan need this, they need their fans, who represent an important component. I thank them and hope they can continue bringing this enthusiasm.
“My future? I want to go back to the training field, my staff and I are a united working group. The desire is there, we need to analyze well what we want to do and where we want to do it. At this moment, the idea is to continue the work we’ve done over the last few years. We need a club to choose us, so we’ll see.”