AC Milan legend, Gennaro Gattuso has officially become the new Napoli manager replacing Carlo Ancelotti, who had been kicked out a few hours earlier. Becoming a successor to his own former coach certainly presents an awkward moment for the Italian legend, but that in no way diminishes his respect for Don Carletto.
As is known, Napoli took a surprising time to fire Ancelotti from their manager’s chair. The dismissal of Ancelotti was unavoidable even though he managed to bring Napoli through to the knock-out phase of the Champions League this season after winning over Genk in the last matchdays with a landslide score of 4-0 last Wednesday (11/12).
The dismissal had actually been predicted, only the timing was not right. This dismissal was none other than a series of poor results in the Italian Serie A that blew Napoli to scatter to rank 7th in the standings. Not long after, Napoli then appointed Gennaro Gattusso, as their brand-new manager.
In his first press conference as a Partenopei tactician, this AC Milan legend claimed to have contacted Ancelotti, such as asking for ‘permission’, to his former coach to become a successor in the Napoli manager’s chair.
“Initially I wanted to directly contact Ancelotti last night, but I am sure he is with his family. We talked this morning. It hasn’t been easy for me in the past few days, because I know I have to clarify my decision with Carlo and also talk to his staff. ”
“As usual, he proves that he is an extraordinary figure. He is like a father to me. I have gone through more than 300 matches under his direction (while still actively playing at AC Milan), “said Gattuso.
Furthermore, the former AC Milan coach admitted he would never forget the words of advice given by Ancelotti when he was just starting his career as a coach.
“I always try to contact him, ask him for advice in my difficult times when I just started as a coach and he is always very good. He showed it today. He told me where this team could improve and once again he showed himself to be a great person, “he said.