Is Gennaro Gattuso really the man to fix AC Milan?

Gennaro “Rino” Gattuso was a very good player. He played 468 times for AC Milan across all competitions over a 13 year period. Today the Serie A side named the 2006 World Cup winner as their manager.

Despite spending €200 million plus during the summer and bringing in a plethora of talent such as the world class defender Leonardo Bonucci, Turkish playmaker Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Portuguese wonderkid Andre Silva to name but a few, Vincenzo Montella’s approach was simply not working.

Gattuso may embody everything a fan of the Rossoneri loves about their club – a passionate Italian leader with a no nonsense approach. And he certainly was that on the pitch. It’s his managerial credentials that I question. Is Rino really the answer to the problems for the red and black half at the San Siro?

Having joined Swiss side FC Sion in the summer of 2012, he was made player-manager in February 2013. In his twelve games in charge, he only won three times, he lost five and drew the rest before being sacked in summer 2013.

He was then appointed manager of Palermo in June 2013 during a turbulent time at the club both on and off the pitch. Eight games, three wins, and four losses later, he was relieved of his duties at the Stadio la Favorita. To be fair, the club went through a ridiculous twelve managers between summer 2011 and winter 2015. Talk about a lack of stability.

His next job was with Greek side OFI Crete, whom he joined in June 2014. He lasted just seventeen games with the club, losing a staggering nine times and only winning five games. He resigned from the club in December 2014. He actually resigned twice, having previously gave in his notice the previous October, only to change his mind.

He then applied for the job at SPL side Hamilton Academical in January 2015 but to no avail.

He did find work with Lega Pro side Pisa in August 2015. The following June, he led the side to Serie B via the play-offs, but then left the club mere weeks later, citing “serious, constant and unacceptable” problems at the club. He left with a 32% win ratio.

Is he really the man to fix the issues at Milan? He certainly knows the club inside out, and has previously been training the stars of tomorrow with the Rossoneri’s youth system.

His managerial credentials would make me think that there’s some sentimental figures in Milan’s boardroom that like the idea of a club legend taking them to great heights. But not everyone can do a Pep Guardiola or Zinedine Zidane. Some might do a David Unsworth.



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