AC Milan sack Montella, name Gattuso as replacement

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File: Gennaro Gattuso in action for AC Milan on April 10, 2011.

File: Gennaro Gattuso in action for AC Milan on April 10, 2011.

MILAN - AC Milan fired coach Vincenzo Montella on Monday and immediately announced that he would be replaced by former midfielder Gennaro Gattuso, the Serie A club said in a statement.

Montella was dismissed one day after a 0-0 home draw with Torino left big-spending Milan seventh in Serie A with 20 points from 14 games. Gattuso was previously manager of the club&39;s youth team.

Montella was dismissed one day after a goalless home draw with Torino left Milan, who spent more than 200 million euros (R3.2-billion) in the close season, seventh in Serie A with 20 points from 14 games, 18 behind leaders Napoli.

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Montella had been in charge since the start of last season when he led Milan, 18-times Italian champions, to sixth place in the standings.

Gattuso, 39, was known as one of Italy&39;s toughest defensive midfielders in his playing days.

He began coaching with Swiss club Sion in 2013 and had a short spell in charge of Serie B side Palermo.

After coaching OFI Crete, he returned to Italy to lead Pisa to promotion from the third tier in 2016. Gattuso was appointed Milan&39;s youth team coach before this season.