Former Rangers star Gennaro Gattuso has been officially announced as the manager of La Liga Valencia.
The Italian World Cup winner, 44, has signed a two-year deal in Spain and this will be his first foray into the country after spells in charge of clubs in Switzerland, Italy and Greece.
This is Gattuso’s first job since leaving Napoli at the end of last season, the notoriously fiesty Italian losing his job after a failure to qualify for the Champions League.
Ex-Rangers star Gennaro Gattuso also sent an impassioned message to Valencia fans as he hopes to restore the club to their former status in Spanish and European football.
Gennaro Gattuso takes charge at Valencia amid controversy
The move does come amid some controversy surrounding historic comments the ex-Rangers star has made and links to Portuguese super agent Jorge Mendes.
Gattuso’s agent, Valencia legend Canizares described Gennaro as the “son of Jorge Mendes” before the appointment.
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 previous proposed moves to the Premier League with Tottenham and Everton collapsed.
Gennaro Gattuso spent one year at Rangers between 1997 and 1998 and went on to have a glittering career in football with Italy and AC Milan.
In management, the Italian has taken charge of FC Sion, Palermo, Crete, AC Milan and Napoli.