Gennaro Gattuso would consider a shock return as AC Milan head coach if Marco Giampaolo is fired, a report has claimed.
Under Giampaolo Milan have made their worst start to a season since 1938-39, losing four of their first six Serie A games and scoring just two goals from open play in the process.
The Rossoneri have lost three games in a row, including damaging defeats at home in the Derby della Madonnina against Inter and on Sunday night when Fiorentina – managed by Vincenzo Montella – completely outplayed their hosts.
Speculation is now rife that Giampaolo is on borrowed time and that the club are already looking for his replacement, with the likes of Rudi Garcia, Andriy Shevchenko, Roberto Donadoni and Claudio Ranieri all linked by the media since.
Max Allegri and Luciano Spalletti have also been mentioned as potential ‘dream options’ for Milan, but one name that keeps cropping up is that of Gattuso.
Rino managed Milan for 61 Serie A games, winning 30 and losing just 12 before leaving at the end of last season, and La Gazzetta dello Sport have offered an update on his potential return (via Calciomercato.com).
They report that Andriy Shevchenko and Rudi Garcia are ‘among the most popular names’, but the latter is already in contact with other big clubs.
Ranieri is also mentioned as an option, but as for Gattuso the paper states he would only consider a return if a proposal came to him directly from the club.