AC Milan Reward Gattuso With New, Improved Deal

'We're Not Brad Pitt,' Gattuso Warns Milan Players
FILE COPY AC Milan’s Italian coach Gennaro Gattuso gestures during a football match played at the San Siro stadium.  Photo Credit: MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP

 

AC Milan have rewarded coach Gennaro Gattuso for an upturn in the club’s fortunes with a contract that will see him remain at the helm until 2021.

“Gennaro Gattuso and AC Milan: the alliance continues! The Rossoneri coach has renewed his contract and will continue to lead the team until 2021,” said a statement on the club’s official website Thursday.

The appointment of Gattuso on a seven-month contract was met with general surprise when he succeeded the experienced Vincenzo Montella last November — due mainly to the fact he had failed to impress in previous coaching roles with lower league sides.

But the 40-year-old Gattuso, who earned a reputation as a tenacious midfielder in 468 appearances for the San Siro giants, has stubbornly kept Milan challenging for a place in Europe this season as the seven-times European champions, taken over by a Chinese consortium last year, look to return to the heights of European football.

Thanks to a run of 10 games without defeat — only ended in a 3-1 loss at Juventus last week — Milan sit sixth in Serie A, 27 points behind leaders Juventus and eight behind city rivals Inter in the fourth Champions League qualifying spot.

Without a league title since 2011, Milan’s aim this season is to reach the Champions League and the Italian Cup final.

The statement added: “The management decided to anticipate Gattuso’s contract renewal to reward his hard work the best way before the end of the season, even if there are still plenty of goals to achieve: from qualifying to the Champions League, to the Italian Cup final.

“This important gesture reflects the total harmony and empathy between the club management and the coach. This way, AC Milan give continuity and confidence to the project, assuring the serenity of the Rossoneri players and the happiness of our fans.

“The Red and Blacks are (and remain) in Rino’s hands!”

Gattuso said: “I have to thank the players who have really committed themselves to me and my staff.

“We hope to continue as we did in these past four months. Forza Milan, and I do hope to get things right to bring back AC Milan where they are used to be. Thank you very much.”

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Brignoli Rescues Benevento To Spoil Gattuso’s Milan Debut

Benevento’s Italian goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli (bottom) is congratulated by teammates after scoring during the Italian Serie A football match Benevento Calcio vs AC Milan. Photo: CARLO HERMANN / AFP

Goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli sealed the first ever Serie A point for newcomers Benevento to spoil Gennaro Gattuso’s debut as AC Milan coach in a 2-2 draw that was greeted like a victory by the hosts.

In a desperate scramble in front of goal Brignoli headed in five minutes into injury time to give the side from outside Naples their first point in 15 games.

“Someone from the bench told me to go up, I went to jump and I closed my eyes,” said Brignoli.

Giacomo Bonaventura had opened for Milan after 38 minutes at the Stadio Vigorito before George Puscas pulled Benevento level five minutes after the break.

Nikola Kalinic got Milan back in front seven minutes later before Alessio Romagnoli was sent off for a second bookable offence leaving the visitors a man down for the final 15 minutes.

But in the final seconds of the game as Benevento looked set for their 15th straight defeat Brignoli jumped highest after a desperate last free kick to scenes of euphoria among the home crowd.

Former Milan midfielder Gattuso had taken over midweek after predecessor Vincenzo Montella was sacked as the former European giants sit seventh way below the Champions League ambitions of their new Chinese owners.

“We have to improve our form and mentality but I’ve nothing to hold against the players,” said Gattuso.

“They gave everything when down to ten. We conceded a goal that hurt.”

Benevento had surpassed Manchester United’s 12-game losing start, a record established 87 years ago, on November 19.

Inter Milan — now the only unbeaten team in Serie after leaders Napoli lost 1-0 to champions Juventus on Friday — can claim the championship lead later Sunday when they host Chievo.

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Milan Appoint Gattuso New Manager To Restore Glory Days

Milan Appoint Gattuso New Manager To Restore Glory Days
(FILES) This file photo taken on July 08, 2012 shows former Sion’s player Gennaro Gattuso during a friendly football match between FC Sion and Olympique of Marseille. FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

 

Fallen Italian giants AC Milan made combative former player Gennaro Gattuso their new boss on Monday after sacking Vincenzo Montella following a disappointing start to the season.

The seven-time European champions released Montella after a goalless draw against Torino on Sunday left them seventh in Serie A, 18 points behind leaders Napoli.

In 39-year-old Gattuso, the Chinese-owned club have turned to a member of one of their most successful sides, but he has little coaching pedigree.

Milan thanked Montella for his efforts and said in a statement: “Management of the first team is entrusted to Gennaro Gattuso.”

Gattuso made a total of 468 appearances for AC Milan between 1999 and 2012, winning a reputation as a rugged defensive midfielder and earning the nickname “Rino”, on account of his verbal raging and rampaging playing style.

He won the Serie A title twice and helped Milan to Champions League glory on two occasions.

Gattuso was such an integral part of Marcello Lippi’s line-up when Italy clinched the 2006 World Cup in Germany that he was named in FIFA’s team of the tournament.

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-euro ($270 million) signing spree in the summer.

Leonardo Bonucci arrived from Juventus for 38 million euros in an eye-catching move, while Portuguese player Andre Silva came for a similar sum from FC Porto and Hakan Calhanoglu was signed 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.

– Slapped Ibrahimovic –

There will be heavy pressure on Gattuso, who has always had a controversial edge — he once slapped the then Ajax striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic with the back of his hand.

On another occasion that his temper spilled over, he infamously grabbed Tottenham assistant coach Joe Jordan — greying and 26 years Gattuso’s senior — by the throat before head-butting him, picking up a heavy UEFA ban.

Gattuso spent a season at Walter Smith’s Rangers before joining AC Milan and won the Scottish double alongside English midfielder Paul Gascoigne.

Since retiring as a player he has been working within the AC Milan structure as youth team coach after a stuttering coaching career elsewhere, with short stints at Sion in Switzerland, at Palermo and Pisa in Italy and at Greek minnows OFI Crete.

With Juventus now the main force in Italian football and Barcelona and Real Madrid dominating Europe in recent years, Gattuso faces a huge task to restore Milan to their former heights.

He was a key cog in the team featuring Paolo Maldini, Andrea Pirlo and Filippo Inzaghi which won the 2003 Champions League by beating Juventus on penalties.

He was on the losing side in the dramatic 2005 final in Istanbul when AC Milan blew a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 with Liverpool and then lost in the penalty shootout, but he got his revenge two years later when Milan beat Liverpool in Athens.

He made 72 international appearances for Italy.

Milan also face a fight to convince UEFA that they comply with financial fairplay regulations designed to prevent clubs from overspending.

In order to meet the criteria, Milan are gambling on making a sharp increase in profits in China. For that, they need to qualify for the Champions League.

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Gattuso,Inzaghi ready to leave San Siro

The duo of Gattuso and Inzaghi confirmed their exits from San Siro come season end after over a decade of fruitful service to AC Milan; one of the powerful clubs in the Serie A.

after an infrequent season and expiring contracts, they were given a green light to move and their release has made it the third football veteran to leave the Rossoneri with days in between, the first being Alessandro Nesta who revealed on Thursday that he will be exiting the club too this summer.

 

Players Info

Gennaro Gattuso

Gattuso started his career with Umbrian side Perugia and at the age of 19 took a transfer to Scottish team Rangers FC in July 1997 and with the exit of the coach Walter Smith who signed him, Gattuso left the club in 1998 as he never got constant playing time with the new coach and he often played out of position too. Gattuso moved to Salernitana for £4 million; an Italian club which was recently promoted to Serie A.

Gattuso joined Milan from Salernitana in 1999 for 8 million Euro,His style allowed Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti to place midfielder Andrea Pirlo in a more attacking position as Gattuso plays deeper in midfield as Gattus will often move forward to win the ball for the forward players and then return to his defensive position.

His style of play is characterised by fierce tackling and hard work — a style which has earned him the nickname of Ringhio (Growl).

He signed a contract extension in June 2003 and in October 2004 has made only six appearances this season after a serious eye problem forced him to spend several months on the side-lines.

Gattuso initially had the thought of staying at AC Milan if guaranteed an active role by the next season but changed his mind on leaving as he said there will be opportunity for young players to grow.

 

Filippo Inzaghi

Inzaghi commonly known as Pippo was born August 9th 1973,is a World Cup and Champion League winner who signed for  AC Milan in 2001 with a transfer from Juventus with a deal of 37 million Euro and so far he has scored 125 goals in 296 appearances for AC Milan.

Inzaghi became the first striker to score in all international club competitions open to European teams after his double against Boca Juniors during the FIFA Club World Cup final in 2007.

Filippo Inzaghi is currently the second all-time most prolific goal scorer in European club competitions with 70 goals only beaten by Raúl’s 77 goals. He is also Milan’s top international goal scorer in the club’s history with 43 goals. He also holds the record for most hat-tricks in Serie A (10), and the UEFA Champions League (three – tied with Michael Owen and Lionel Messi).

He has only made eight appearances to date in 2011-12.

He announced his plan to move on with an open letter which was published on the club’s website.