That’s how you hire a new manager Rangers. While the blue half of Glasgow have had to wait over a month for the club to replace Pedro Caixinha, AC Milan sacked Vincenzo Montella and had a new man in the dugout within a matter of hours.
Former Italy striking great Montella was handed his P45 on Monday morning after Milan’s goalless draw with Torino in Serie A left them 18 points adrift of leaders Napoli, down in seventh place after a run of two wins in nine. This is the same Milan that spent over £200 million on a whole host of new talent in the summer.
And Gattuso, the snarling ankle biter of a midfielder who had been coaching the club’s youth team, will now take his place at the helm.
Clearly, Milan had a plan in place for when the axe began to fall on Montella. Which is something Rangers obviously neglected to think about despite the inevitability of Caixinha’s departure.
This is not to say that Rangers should have considered Gattuso themselves, however - even if the 39-year-old told the BBC in 2015 that it was his ‘dream’ to return to Ibrox, where he played in his younger days between 1997 and 1999.
After all, Gattuso the manager is far less successful than Gattuso the player so far. Bizarrely, his Pisa side were relegated from Serie B last season despite boasting the league’s second best defensive record.
But it’s the speed of Milan’s appointment, rather than the identity of their new boss, that should have Rangers fans asking questions of their board.
Not excusing RFC board for inaction, but Gattuso would have been a disaster for @RangersFC anyways.— Steven Carmichael (@carmicelli) November 27, 2017
@JamesHorncastle Gattuso in charge at Milan. Should be interesting. I had wondered whether Rangers might approach him.— Dave Payn (@DavePayn1963) November 27, 2017
AC Milan a big club in Italy and the world of football sack manager Montella and appoint Rino Gattuso in a matter of hours. That’s how it is done Dave king and Rangers!— Gordon Hepburn (@Gordon68th) November 27, 2017
Yeah I agree, they should’ve had someone in place before they sacked Pedro.— Gordon Hepburn (@Gordon68th) November 27, 2017
That's Gattuso out of the running for The Rangers job then...— Colin Quinn (@realcolinquinn) November 27, 2017
Congratulations on former Rangers man Gennaro Gattuso on taking the Milan job temporarily, hoping it works out— RUMO AO 37 (@BIGBenfica9) November 27, 2017