Former Rangers midfielder Gennaro “Rino” Gattuso could be about to take over at Tottenham Hotspur just hours after news broke about an exit from Serie A Fiorentina.
According to the Athletic, the Italian World Cup winner could be about to take over at White Hart Lane meaning a proposed move for Paulo Fonseca has collapsed.
This would be Gattuso’s third club in only a matter of weeks after he previously left Napoli to take over at Fiorentina.
Gattuso’s time in Naples was cut short by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis who made an announcement on Twitter after the Italian’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.
Caro Rino, sono felice di aver trascorso quasi due stagioni con te. Ringraziandoti per il lavoro svolto, ti auguro successi ovunque tu vada. Un abbraccio anche a tua moglie e ai tuoi figli. Aurelio De Laurentiis
— AurelioDeLaurentiis (@ADeLaurentiis) May 23, 2021
Gattuso would then move immediately to Fiorentina but after only 23 days in charge of the Viola has reportedly fallen out with the club’s hierarchy [Sky Sports].
This related to the transfer plans of the summer with Fiorentina turning down moves for a host of players recommended to them by super-agent and Gattuso ally Jorge Mendes.
However, this proposed move to Spurs is certainly a turn up for the books and Rangers fans will have one eye on what happens next.
The feisty Italian spent a season at Ibrox in the late 1990s and his experience in Glasgow would go on mould Rino into the player he became later in his career.
Famous for his intensity in midfield, Gennaro has gone on to carve out an interesting management career after hanging up his boots as a player.
The former AC Milan midfielder first took a role at Sion in Switzerland and has gone on to have spells in charge of Palermo, OFI Crete, Pisa, AC Milan and Napoli before taking the job at the Viola.
Should the proposed transfer to Spurs go through this will be Rino’s first job on the British Isles.
A former teammate of Paul Gascoigne, here are details of a touching story of the English legend from Rino’s time in Glasgow.