Former Rangers firebrand Gennaro “Rino” Gattuso has been relieved of his duties as Napoli manager after failure to make the Champions League proved fatal.

Napoli owner Aurelio de Laurentiis confirmed the 43-year-old’s exit after the Naples club stumbled to a closing day draw with Hellas Verona and missed out on a top four spot in Serie A.

Napoli finished a point behind Juventus in the Serie A table and had they managed to beat Verona would’ve qualified for the competition.

Instead a 1-1 draw condemned the club to the Europa League next season and they will now cast their net elsewhere as they look for fresh management after two years with Gattuso.

 

The writing also appeared to be on the wall for Gennaro earlier in the season with reports in March suggesting the club would part ways with Rino come the end of the campaign.

Il Mattino, via Football Italia, believed that the manager’s future was up in the air even then despite the club previously being on track to make the Champions League.

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Napoli was Gattuso’s sixth job in football management and the feisty character has previously led Sion, Palermo, OFI Crete, Pisa and AC Milan.

A legendary midfielder best known for his time with AC Milan, Gattuso had a hugely successful playing career winning the Champions League twice and the World Cup with Italy in 2006.

Gattuso in action for Rangers – the now manager has been handed a fatal blow at current club Napoli. Mandatory Credit: Stu Forster/Allsport

Gattuso made over 450 appearances for AC Milan and also made 73 caps for the Italian national team.

The player was signed by Walter Smith from Perugia in 1997 and spent one and a bit seasons in Glasgow before returning to Italy with Salernitana and the rest is history.

Rangers sent their condolences to the ex-Ibrox player last year after his sister tragically passed away at the age of 37.

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