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.
The club are seventh in Serie A on 20 points, 18 behind leaders Napoli, after a run of only two league victories in their past nine games.
“AC Milan announces the exemption of Vincenzo Montella from the post of coach of the first team,” the club said in a statement.
“Montella is the most appreciated thanks to the work done so far with her staff for commitment, seriousness and professional fairness.
“The technical management of the team is entrusted to Gennaro Gattuso, who leaves his post as Primavera coach, and to whom AC Milan offers the most warmest wishes for good work.”
Gattuso, who used to play for AC Milan as a midfielder, steps up from managing the club’s under-19 side.