Napoli’s owner has confirmed the departure of Gennaro Gattuso, amid claims that the Serie A legend is a managerial target for Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers, while writing on Twitter.
Football is frequently decided on the finest, most razor-thin of margins.
Just ask Gattuso.
If his Napoli side had found a winner against Hellas Verona on Sunday night, the Partenopei would have been preparing for a return to the Champions League next season.
Instead, the most frustrating of 1-1 draws allowed bitter rivals Juventus to sneak into the top four at their expense, finishing a single point above the southern giants with Napoli’s recent outstanding run of form counting for absolutely nothing in the end.
Confirming one of the worst-kept secrets in Italian football at full-time, trigger-happy owner Aurelio de Laurentiis bid an emotional farewell to a coach whose future has been the subject of such intense debate since the turn of the year.
“Dear Rino, I am happy to have spent almost two seasons with you,” wrote De Laurentiis.
“Thank you for your work, I wish you success wherever you go. A hug to your wife and children too.”
Gattuso, the 2006 World Cup winner and AC Milan legend, is unlikely to be out of work for long.
Tuttomercatoweb reported in March that Wolves had identified the 43-year-old as a potential replacement for Nuno Espirito Santo, who himself bid an emotional farewell on Sunday afternoon, with Tottenham another potential destination.
Newcastle had also expressed an interest in Gattuso, although a run of five wins in eight games to end the season means the eternally much-maligned Steve Bruce surely deserves the chance to silence his critics on a more permanent basis.