AC Milan legend Gennaro Gattuso has been put in charge of first team duties following the sacking of manager Vincenzo Montella.
The seven-time European champions announced the sacking of Montella after a goalless draw against Torino on Sunday which has left them seventh placed in Serie A with 20 points.
AC Milan have recorded just two league victories in their past nine games, and have lost six of their 14 top-flight matches this season. This is despite having had a blistering start to the season, winning 10 of the first 12 matches in all competitions.
Milan find themselves 18 points behind league leaders Napoli having spent a whooping £205m on new signings, prompting the need for change at the helm.
A club statement released on their official Twitter account read:
“AC Milan announce to have parted ways with Vincenzo Montella. Management of the first team is entrusted to Gennaro Gattuso, who leaves his position as Primavera coach and to whom we wish the best of luck.”
“We are very grateful to Mr. Montella and his staff for all the work done up to today, their commitment and professionalism.”
The 39-year-old former midfielder, who was a member of one of the most successful Milan sides, will take charge immediately.
Since retiring as a player, Gennaro Gattuso has been working within the club as youth team (Primavera) coach after a stuttering coaching career elsewhere.
He had short stints at Sion in Switzerland, at Palermo and Pisa in Italy and at Greek minnows OFI Crete.
Gattuso has guided the youth side to third in their table, just two behind leaders Atalanta and behind Inter on goal difference, having won six of their last eight matches.
To be successful as first team coach, he will need to bring out the best from the high profile newly acquired players; Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva and Hakan Calhanoglu who have failed to make impacts on the pitch.