According to reports in Italy, Tottenham ended talks with Gennaro Gattuso after the #NoToGattuso hashtag became viral, but Spurs were also not impressed by some statements from the coach in the past.
Gattuso had been in talks with Tottenham over becoming the new coach in North London, but negotiations lasted less than 24 hours.
The 2006 Italy World Cup winner had left Fiorentina just 23 days after his appointment and immediately begun talks with Fabio Paratici, who was named Tottenham managing director last week.
The Premier League giants reportedly offered Gattuso a two-year deal but eventually decided against appointing the Italian tactician.
Sky Sport Italia correspondent Fabrizio Romano reports that the fans’ opinion over Gattuso’s possible move to the club influenced Tottenham’s choice.
The hashtag #NoToGattuso became trending in the UK yesterday, but this is not the only reason why the Spurs’ board decided to drop the former Milan and Napoli coach.
Sky Sport Italia reports Tottenham representatives were not impressed by some statements from Gattuso in the past.
In 2013, he hit out at Barbara Berlusconi, daughter of former Milan President Silvio, who was one of the club’s directors at that time.
“I don’t see women in football really well, I am sorry, but this is my opinion,” Gattuso said in an interview with Radio Radio.
The former midfielder had left Milan in 2012 and was discussing the Rossoneri’s bad results in the first part of the 2013-14 campaign.
After opening meeting with Jorge Mendes, Tottenham told Gattuso they’re not interested in appointing him. ⚪️❌
It’s never been a done deal, just an interview with the current frontrunner… as many others made by Spurs this summer. Fans reaction, key for the decision. #THFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 18, 2021