AC Milan head coach Gennaro Gattuso has stressed that he will stick with the Rossoneri despite the club enduring a torrid run under his guidance. Milan have secured just one victory in the last five league games, and this has seen them fall 14 points adrift of the final Champions League spot after 18 games into the season.
Milan suffered an embarrassing 3-0 defeat at the hands of Hellas Verona last weekend, and this has been coupled with another 2-0 loss at home to Atalanta, which has spread speculation over Gattuso’s potential departure from San Siro.
Despite this, the former Italy international has stressed that he is not walking away from the Rossoneri, as he is still optimistic of turning things around at the famous old club, he said: “Many things didn’t work, though at the start we had the right approach. Once we went behind, it turned into an uphill struggle.
“It’s a complicated situation, the fans are protesting and we can’t think of continuing the season like this. Today I am the Milan coach, but I am the least of our problems. When what we are doing is not enough, we must become a team and to do that we need to make fewer mistakes.”
Gattuso won the Serie A crown and Champions League twice during his illustrious career with Milan and the 39-year-old feels memories of their previous success has had an impact on the current crop of players, who have struggled to gel as a team. He added: “We lack determination, hunger, and grit. I also think we should stop making comparisons with the past. There were different players and a different club.”
Irrespective of Gattuso’s comments, Italian publication La Stampa suggests that the Rossoneri could reacquire the services of Vincenzo Montella at the turn of the year with the club legend facing a must-win against rivals Inter Milan in the Coppa Italia to maintain his managerial position.