Tottenham Hotspur has decided against appointing Gennaro Gattuso as manager. The club has pulled out of talks with the Italian manager.
Gattuso was considered the frontrunner for the Tottenham Hotspur managerial job but according to reports from England, the north London club has decided against appointing him as manager. Spurs search for a new manager continues after the sacking of Jose Mourinho almost 93 days ago. Jose Mourinho succeded Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs but was sacked a week before the 2021 League Cup final against Manchester City owing to lacklustre performances. Ex-Spurs player Ryan Mason was appointed as interim manager until the end of the season.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has in a prolonged search for a new manager with current Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino being reconsidered for a second stint at the club. Pochettino and PSG however rejected Spurs’ advances. Former Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte was also considered but Conte pulled out over disagreements on squad funds. Juventus Director of Football Fabio Paratici who previously worked with Conte at Juventus was also appointed as Director at Spurs in an attempt to lure him to London but this attempt failed. Paratici has since then been involved in the process to appoint a manager and former AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca was rumoured to be his first target. However, talks with Fonseca broke down as Gattuso was reported as being available.
Gattuso had quit as manager of Fiorentina despite taking the job just 23 days ago. Paratici and Spurs seemed close to appointing the Italian as permanent manager. But the north London club will not be pursuing their interest further, believed to be in part to the fan reaction to a possible appointment. #NoToGattuso was trending on Twitter on Thursday night.
Spurs will continue their search for a new manager.