The furious reaction from Spurs fans on social media convinced chairman Daniel Levy to row back on his attempts to bring Gennaro Gattuso to the Premier League, as reported by Calciomercato.
In the space of one day, Tottenham Hotspur saw talks collapse with not one but two former Serie A tacticians.
Those lengthy negotiations with ex-Roma, Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca fell through at the eleventh hour yesterday afternoon.
And, shortly after reports suggested Gattuso was on his way to north London instead, that too hit the buffers.
Why Spurs fans don’t like Gattuso
Whoever said fans have no power in modern football?
Just two months after an incensed band of Tottenham supporters played a key role in Levy’s decision to withdraw from the detested Super League project, it seems the Spurs faithful have spooked their chairman into action, reneging on another decision that would have gone down about as well as a Sol Campbell shirt on the streets of N17.
Then again, Levy should probably have predicted the reaction as he entered talks with a 2006 World Cup winner.
Gattuso didn’t endear himself to the Spurs fanbase when he squared up to the legendary Joe Jordan during that Champions League clash in 2011.
And while a lot has changed over the past decade – Gattuso the manager is a very different beast to Gattuso the player – some Tottenham supporters remain unwilling to forgive and forget.
The fact the phrase #NoToGattuso was spreading like wildfire on social media as soon as the Gattuso rumours emerged spoke volumes on how the fanbase felt about the Italian’s potential arrival.
And, according to Calciomercato, Levy had little appetite to push ahead with an appointment that would have done his already faltering popularity no favours.