AC Milan have confirmed that they have sacked head coach Vincenzo Montella, with Gennaro Gattuso entrusted to lead the Serie A club in his stead.
Milan drew 0-0 with Torino on Sunday, leaving the club seventh in the league table, a mammoth 18 points behind leaders Napoli.
The club’s domestic woes come after a massive summer of investment which saw the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva and Hakan Calhanoglu recruited at an expense of over £150 million.
— AC Milan (@acmilan) November 27, 2017
Milan have won just six of their 14 games in 2017-18, and have fallen to defeats to the likes of Roma, Juventus and city rivals Inter.
The Rossoneri have not endured such a difficult start to the season since 1941/42, when they fell to seven defeats from 14 games.
Gattuso, a former midfield general at San Siro, will step up from managing the club’s youth side, who have lost just once in their previous five outings.
The 39-year-old played for Milan between 1999 and 2013, and won two Serie A winners’ medals at the club, along with two Champions League titles, two UEFA Super Cups and the Coppa Italia.
6 – AC Milan have lost 6 league games so far this season – the last time they collected more defeats after 14 Serie A match-days was in 1941/42 (7). Dismissal.#Montella
— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) November 27, 2017
During a trophy-laden playing career, Gattuso also won the World Cup with Italy, and was inducted into the Milan Hall of Fame in 2009.