A surprise contender has thrown his hat into the ring to be the next Manchester United manager.
Former AC Milan enforcer Gennaro Gattuso has admitted that he would walk to Manchester for the United job. He’s currently managing in the Italian third division where his Pisa side sit in the promotion play-off places.
Still only 38 years old, Gattuso’s managerial career didn’t get off to the greatest of starts when he had three short unsuccessful stints Swiss side Sion, Palermo and Greek outfit OFI Crete.
But things have picked up since becoming Pisa manager last August, winning 15 of his 27 games in charge. The Italian confesses that he would abandon his current job if he was beckoned to Old Trafford.
Asked if would take a job at United, Gattuso told the Sun: “I’d walk there. I’d even go tomorrow. Sir Alex Ferguson has always respected me — and I have always admired the Premier League which, for me, is the best league in the world. In Italy, we are tactical masters, but in England you see pacey players — with great strength in their legs.
“I love watching the Championship, because in those games, I see true love that people in England have for football. They breathe football. I record two Championship matches a night. In Italy, some teams can relax during games. In England, with every action of a team, there is a corresponding action from the opposition.”
Louis van Gaal’s days at United are numbered but it’s likely that Jose Mourinho will take his place, not Gattuso.