The Italian giants AC Milan on Monday sacked Vincenzo Montella, and replace him with the club former player Gennaro Gattuso as their new boss the Chinese-owned club said on Monday.
According to a message posted by Milan on Twitter, former player Gennaro Gattuso has been promoted from his role with the Primavera youth team to take charge of the senior side.
It is not known if Gattuso’s appointment is on a temporary or long-term basis.
The sacking of Montella came as a result of Milan’s 0-0 home draw to Torino at the San Siro stadium on Sunday.
Montella was appointed Milan’s manager in the summer of 2016 and led the team to sixth in his first season in charge, also winning the Supercoppa Italiana.
He is the fifth coach sacked by the Italian club since Clarence Seedorf took over in January 2014.
Milan is currently sitting in seventh position, 18 points behind league leaders, Napoli.
AC Milan have not finished higher than sixth in any of the last four seasons in Serie A but new Chinese owner Li Yonghong funded a €230 million signing spree in the summer.
Leonardo Bonucci arrived from Juventus for €38 million in an eye-catching move, while Portuguese player Andre Silva came for a similar sum from FC Porto and Hakan Calhanoglu was acquired from Bayer Leverkusen.
But even with those reinforcements, Montella failed to put the club that was once the jewel in former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s business empire in contention for a Champions League place. He leaves after 17 months at the San Siro.
There will be heavy pressure on Gattuso, who was a key cog in a team featuring Paolo Maldini, Andrea Pirlo and Filippo Inzaghi which won the 2003 Champions League by beating Juventus on penalties the local Italy sport report.
beinsports Report that the Former Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti, sacked by Bayern Munich earlier this season, is expected to be among the leading contenders to replace Montella.
However, the Italian – who won a Serie A title and the Champions League twice in his previous eight-year spell at the club – has previously announced his intention to take the rest of the season off.
Milan finished sixth in Serie A last season, a point and a place above rival Inter, but although the club made 11 major signings in the transfer window, including Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva and Andrea Conti, results have been poor.
Montella’s side opened the campaign with wins against Crotone and Cagliari, but a 4-1 thrashing byLazio then suggested there was plenty of work to do if it was to achieve its goal of Champions League qualification.
After victories over Udinese and SPAL temporarily papered over the cracks, Milan subsequently lost three league games in a row, including suffering a thrilling 3-2 derby defeat to Inter thanks to Mauro Icardi’s brilliant hat-trick.