AC Milan have dismissed coach Vincenzo Montella and replaced him with youth team coach and former midfielder Gennaro Gattuso, the Serie A club said Monday.
Montella’s firing follows a 0-0 home draw with Torino after which they sit seventh on 20 points from 14 games. They trail the Champions League zone by 11 points and are 18 off the pace set by leaders Napoli with a 6-2-6 record.
Montella, 43, was in his second season with the Devils. He finished his first in sixth place, securing a Europa League place, and Milan have qualified for the tournament’s knock-out stage.
Gattuso, 39, played at Milan from 1999 to 2012, winning two Serie A titles and two Champions League trophies and earning the nickname Ringhio, or growl, for his aggressive play. He lifted the World Cup with Italy in 2006.
He has been a coach since 2013, starting at Swiss side Sion, where he closed his playing career in 2012. Other stints followed at Palermo, Greek side OFI Crete and Pisa before he took over Milan’s youth team in May.
Milan, who boast seven European Cup/Champions League triumphs, won their last domestic title in 2011 under Massimiliano Allegri.
Allegri was dismissed halfway through the 2013-14 season; and Clarence Seedorf, Filippo Inzaghi, Sinisa Mihajlovic and Cristian Brocchi followed before Montella was hired in June 2016.