Fallen Italian giants AC Milan have sacked coach Vincenzo Montella and named combative former player Gennaro Gattuso as their new boss, the Chinese-owned club said Monday.
The seven-time European champions are lying seventh in Serie A after a goalless draw against Torino on Sunday. Gattuso, 39, made more than 450 appearances for AC Milan between 1999 and 2012, winning a reputation as a rugged defensive midfielder.
He spent a season at Glasgow Rangers before that. He has been working within the AC Milan structure as youth team coach.
Montella was dismissed one day after a goalless home draw with Torino left Milan, who spent more than $239 million in the close season, seventh in Serie A with 20 points from 14 games, 18 behind leaders Napoli.
Montella had been in charge since the start of last season when he led Milan, 18-times Italian champions, to sixth place in the standings.
Author: Staff Writer