Gennaro Gattuso has announced that he is stepping down as Milan Coach. “It’s a painful choice but a considered one.”
Gattuso’s decision to leave Milan comes after they failed to qualify for the Champions League, while the Coach confirmed reports that he was giving up the remainder of his salary, worth a reported €11m gross.
“Deciding to leave the Milan bench isn’t easy, but it’s a decision I had to make,” he told La Repubblica.
“There wasn’t a precise moment when I came to this decision: it was the sum of these 18 months as Coach of a team who, for me, will never be like the others.
“They’re months that I lived through with great passion, unforgettable months. It’s a painful choice but a considered one.
“I gave up the final two years on my contract because my story with Milan could never be about money.”
Gattuso took over from sacked Vincenzo Montella in November 2017, just a few months after he was given the Primavera youth team job at Milanello.
He oversaw 40 victories, 22 draws and 20 defeats on the Milan bench.