New Milan boss Gattuso: Tough task ahead

‘I did my best to make things right with Atletico’ – Griezmann

Newly-appointed Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso admits he has his work cut out for him as he aims to lead the Rossoneri up the Serie A standings this season.

The former Milan midfielder took over the reins from Vincenzo Montella on Monday after a poor run of results in Serie A which saw them manage only two wins in their last nine games.

Gattuso was promoted from his position as Primavera youth team coach and is bracing himself for the pressures of leading Milan.

“I’m calm now, but not for long. It’s a very difficult task ahead,” Gattuso told Le Iene.

“(Former President Silvio) Berlusconi called me, it was a very cordial conversation and I was very happy. (Current owner Yonghong Li) also called me and we’ll meet soon to speak face-to-face.”

When asked about where Montella went wrong, Gattuso added: “He didn’t go wrong as such, but at times you need time and also good fortune. When 10-12 new players arrive, you will need some time. I tip my hat to him for his approach to life and work.”

Milan are seventh in the Serie A standings and already 18 points behind league leaders Napoli, who are still unbeaten after 14 games.