Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly cooled their interest in the appointment of Gennaro Gattuso, despite talks over a two-year contract. The Spurs surprisingly thwarted their plan to bring in Paulo Fonseca as the Italian became available following his quick departure from Fiorentina.
Last night, Spurs fans made it clear to the club’s management that they do not want the Italian as coach by making the hashtag #NoToGattuso a trend on Twitter.
While the appointment would be considered weak given the previous candidates considered, Gattuso also has a colorful past that includes squabbling with former Spurs assistant manager Joe Jordan in 2011.
The Italian has a history with backward comments which include remarks about women in football, same-sex marriage and racism.
Gattuso’s job lasted only 23 days at the helm of Fiorentina after his departure from Napoli.
He wanted the Viola club to sign stars ready to compete while the club wanted to believe in their talents and this led to a split between the parties.
His agent Jorge Mendes was already working on a number of transfer targets and the Portuguese was the main driving force behind the talks with Tottenham.
However, according to The Athletic, the deal is now completely failed and the Spurs will continue to look for a new coach even 60 days after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho.
It remains unclear whether negotiations with Fonseca can be settled after the controversial failure of the first few days.