Former Rangers midfielder Gennaro “Rino” Gattuso is set to take charge of La Liga side Valencia as he returns to management.

The feisty former Italian midfielder, 44, is being lined up to replace Jose Bordalas following his sacking from the Mestalla.

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This comes after Bordalas criticised the club’s transfer strategy at the turn of the year, Valencia going through a transitional period of cost cutting and selling several top players without properly replacing them.

According to The 42 – amongst several other high-profile reports – Gennaro Gattuso is set to replace the coach at Valencia on a two-year deal.

Former Rangers star Gattuso has been out of management since 2021 when Gennaro left his job at Serie A Napoli after following a failure to make the Champions League.

The manager has also had spells in charge of Sion, Palermo and AC Milan whilst a move to Tottenham Hotspur collapsed after a fan backlash.

Gattuso played for Rangers in the 1997/98 season during an illustrious playing career which seen him play football at the highest level with AC Milan and win almost everything in the game.

Controversy surrounds Gennaro Gattuso move to Valencia

Interestingly, there are reports of similar fan protests at Valencia as their supporters rail against the proposed appointment of Gennaro Gattuso.

Ex-Valencia goalkeeper Santiago Canizares has also criticised the move due to links with super agent Jorge Mendes.

Gattuso’s agent, Canizares describes Gennaro as the “son of Jorge Mendes” and believes the appointment is unhealthy due to the links.

This comes amid much speculation surrounding the influence of Jorge Mendes at Valencia, with the Portuguese agent helping to bring billionaire owner Peter Lim into the club.

The suggestion is that player and management strategies at Valencia are being dictated by the business interests of Mendes. Read more HERE.

There are also reports in Football Italia which claim there has been a Valencia fan backlash to the appointment of 2006 World Cup winner Gennaro Gattuso at the Mestalla.

They claim that this relates to the potential use of offensive language which ex-Rangers star Gattuso has previously insisted was taken out of context.

Football Italia claim that this may have formed part of the reason why proposed moves to the Premier League with Tottenham and Everton collapsed.

Meanwhile, one Rangers star’s monumental progress has been recognised by a reputable outlet’s end of season awards.

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