VALENCIA have sacked manager Gennaro Gattuso.
The Italian only took charge of the LaLiga side in June – 12 months after talks to take over at Spurs fell through – but he has now been axed with the club sitting 14th in the Spanish top-flight.
The 45-year-old penned a two-year deal upon his arrival but he has been unable to stop the downward trajectory over recent years at the club.
Valencia confirmed the news on Monday night, with a statement saying: “Valencia CF announces that this Monday, January 30, the club and the first team coach, Gennaro Gattuso, have decided by mutual agreement to end the contractual relationship that united the Italian coach with the VCF.
“The Club wants to thank the coach for his commitment and work in these months in charge of the first team and wish him the best of luck in his future.
“The team will return to training this Tuesday, January 31, under the orders of ‘Voro’ Gonzalez.”
Gattuso won just five of his 18 LaLiga games in charge.
His reign ended with a 1-0 home defeat to Real Valladolid last night.
Meanwhile, this will incredibly be Voro Gonzalez’s EIGHTH spell as caretaker manager of the club.
But he faces a daunting task over the coming days as he prepares the squad for a trip to Champions League holders Real Madrid on Thursday.
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Gattuso enjoyed a brilliant playing career in which he represented the likes of Rangers and AC Milan and he helped Italy to win the 2006 World Cup.
He started coaching at Sion in Switzerland before going on to take charge of Pisa, AC Milan and Napoli, who he led to Coppa italia success in 2020, prior to moving to Valencia.