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AC Milan and Gennaro Gattuso have parted ways ‘by mutual consent’ after the missing out on Champions League football this season.
The club released a statement earlier this afternoon;
“AC Milan wishes to thank Gennaro Gattuso for his leadership during the last eighteen months. A true legend of the Rossoneri, Gennaro stepped into the role during what was a difficult period for the club and has performed admirably, securing the Club’s highest League points total since 2012-13,”
The club went into the final day knowing that their chances of finishing in the top four were out of their hands. Bitter rivals Internazionale knew a win against Empoli at the San Siro meant they would be the club to play in europes elite competition at the expense of their city rivals.
It was a late goal by Radja Nainggolan which sent Inter to the Champions League, and ultimately cost Gattuso his job.
Speaking to La Repubblica, Gattuso said
“Deciding to leave Milan is not easy. But it’s a decision that I had to take. There was not one precise moment when I decided, it was more a combination of all these 18 months as coach of a club who, for me, will never be like any other.
“I’ve lived these months with great passion and they have been unforgettable. It was a decision I found hard to take, but it is one I’ve thought long and hard about.”