Ex-Rangers star Rino Gattuso put in charge of AC Milan

Nov 28, 2017, 00:29
Ex-Rangers star Rino Gattuso put in charge of AC Milan

Milan have endured a disappointing start to the season despite some heavy investment over the summer, winning just two of their last nine league games to find themselves seventh in the Serie A table and already 18 points adrift of leaders Napoli.

"AC Milan announces the exemption of Vincenzo Montella from the post of coach of the first team", the club said in a statement.

Gattuso had previously been coaching AC Milan Primavera, the club's youth squad.

And the patience of the hierarchy has now run out, leaving the former Fiorentina and Sampdoria coach to wish his successor well. I'm very sorry because I know that the players were behind me.

An ex-Italy global, Gattuso, 39, played for Milan between 1999 and 2013, and won two Serie A winners' medals at the club, along with two Champions League titles, two UEFA Super Cups and the Coppa Italia.

It was the fifth sacking in Serie A this season.

AC Milan, who have won the Italian title 18 times and are seven-time European champions, have not finished in the top three in Serie A since 2013.

Chinese ownership heralded a change of direction symbolised by the decision to spend about 40 million euros to sign experienced Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci from champions Juventus.

The new-found optimism was apparent at Milan's first home match of the season when a 65,000-crowd turned up at San Siro on a stifling August evening for a Europa League tie against modest Romanian side Universitatea Craiova.