Former Rangers midfielder Gennaro Gattuso is now the “leading candidate” to replace sacked Lyon manager Laurent Blanc.

That’s according to the Sun, who claim the Italian World Cup winner could be set for a return to management just seven months on from being sacked by Valencia.

According to the report, Gennaro Gattuso is open to the move to Lyon with the manager having previously held the top job at the likes of Palermo, AC Milan and Napoli.

Gennaro Gattuso was sacked by Valencia last season for winning only five of the 18 league games he took charge of the Spanish club.

Ex-Manchester United World Cup winner Laurent Blanc has been sacked by Lyon after a stuttering start to the season.

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The Ligue 1 outfit are without a win in four games and have lost three of their opening matches in the French top flight this season.

A statement reads: “Olympique Lyonnais and Laurent Blanc have decided, by mutual agreement, to end their collaboration as of today.

“This decision also concerns Franck Passi and Philippe Lambert, assistant coaches.

“Olympique Lyonnais would like to thank Laurent Blanc and his staff for their involvement and professionalism during these 11 months spent at the head of the professional team.”

Ex-Rangers star Gennaro Gattuso linked to Lyon

Interestingly, the Lyon links to Gennaro Gattuso come after one Rangers-linked manager reportedly turned the role down.

With the pressure heaped on Michael Beale at Ibrox, Graham Potter has been one name doing the rounds following his sacking from Chelsea.

According to reports, Graham Potter turned down the chance to join Lyon and remains a free-agent manager should Rangers make an as of yet unexpected call on Michael Beale.

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Rumours and reports suggesting Rangers are readying the chop for Beale with Potter in mind have also been shot down.

As for Gennaro Gattuso, the feisty Italian who spent one year at Rangers between 1997 and 1998 is now a favourite to take over at Lyon.