Fiorentina have appointed Gennaro Gattuso as their new manager on a two year deal until June 2023. Gattuso guided Napoli to a fifth place finish in the Serie A, only missing out on a place in the next season’s Champions League by one point after a home draw with Verona. Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentis officially announced Gattuso exit after Sunday’s match and Fiorentina were quick to make a move for the former Milan boss.
In his statement, the Napoli president thanked Gattuso for his work during the past 18 months at the club: “Dear Rino, I am happy to have spent almost two seasons with you. Thank you for your work and I wish you success wherever you go. A hug also to your wife and children.” Gattuso succeeded current Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti as Napoli coach in 2019 and he will certainly be remembered for his Coppa Italia triumph in June 2020.
Gattuso will be taking over as Fiorentina boss from July 1, and his main task will be to improve the club’s position in the Serie A having finish 13th during the past season after briefly flirting with the relegation places. It remains to be seen whether the club’s key players such as Ribery, Vlahovic and Pezzella stay beyond the current season after they were linked to various European clubs.
During his playing days, Gattuso represented the Italian national team 73 times and he was part of the famous Italian squad that won the World Cup in 2006.