Tottenham: First six fixtures of 2021/22 Premier League season
When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.
Gennaro Gattuso will always be known as a dogged, hard-working and fiery midfielder, but his characteristics as a player do not necessarily translate into his management style. Gattuso has experienced a whirlwind few days and, just hours after leaving Fiorentina, the 43-year-old finds himself on the brink of becoming Tottenham’s next manager.
Spurs had appeared dead-set on appointing former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca after new director of football Fabio Paratici homed in on his man.
Yet, despite verbally agreeing to succeed Jose Mourinho in north London, the move collapsed at the last minute due to financial difficulties.
Gattuso only became available earlier on Thursday after his 22-day stint at Fiorentina broke down amid problems behind the scenes, said to relate to transfer policy and the influence of his agent, Jorge Mendes.
So, after a staggering turn of events, the former Italian midfielder and Napoli manager could be about to take over the Tottenham reins.
Given the many twists and turns since Mourinho was sacked on April 19, Spurs fans won’t be counting their chickens until the official announcement. But if Gattuso is London-bound then what can they expect?
JUST IN: Locatelli responds to Arsenal transfer rumours again after heroics
Well, first things first: forget the image in your head of a combative, determined and at times dirty midfielder known as “Rino”, meaning growl or snarl. Gattuso the manager does not take much influence from his playing days.
“It takes time to get rid of a label, but that doesn’t matter,” he said in August ahead of Napoli’s Champions League last-16 second leg against Barcelona.
“You just have to be able to read the data and the numbers. Maybe in Italy, we don’t know how to do this and people want to highlight my name, but the numbers say otherwise.
“If the tactical organisation is mistaken for defensiveness, it’s not my problem. I did important things as a player but with totally different characteristics to what I’m looking for today as a coach.”
Gattuso earned his stripes as a coach with several smaller clubs before making his name with AC Milan and Napoli over the past four years.
Man Utd legend Ferguson gives Solskjaer seal of approval for transfer
Man Utd hold crucial role in Chelsea’s Erling Haaland transfer chase
Barcelona’s frightening attack-heavy XI if Bernardo and 3 more signed
His sole trophy as a coach is the Coppa Italia, won with Napoli last year, but he also won an impressive 56 per cent of his games with the club.
Gatttuso parted ways with Napoli last month after the club drew the last game of the season 1-1 with Hellas Verona to finish fifth in Serie A, one point off a Champions League place.
After two years with Milan, he took over at Napoli when Carlo Ancelotti was sacked in December 2019. He was a broadly successful appointment, as sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli outlined last year.
“Rino has given consistency and balance to this team, increasing both the passing and possession statistics, as well as being a little more aggressive in the press from the start,” he said.
“Gattuso brings more balance, a tactical system more suited to many of these players and the chance to play out from the back with the ball to feet, which is something they enjoy and appreciate.
“Gattuso has been a real leader, set the parameters, made it clear that those who follow him can go forward, those who don’t can sit it out.”
The former Milan midfielder changed Ancelotti’s 4-4-2 into a 4-3-3, giving attacking players Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens more creative licence.
He overcame the difficulties of the pandemic and the tragic death of his sister Francesca in June last year to beat Juventus and lift the Coppa Italia just 15 days later.
Speaking in the aftermath of his Italian cup win, Gattuso summed up his footballing philosophy.
“Football has changed in Italy and there are lots of teams who pass the ball around well,” he said last summer.
“I now see football differently to when I played. I like us to have possession and avoid taking risks.
“You need continuity, you have to work hard during the week and the match is a consequence of that.”
If he does arrive at Tottenham, then it seems Spurs fans can look forward to strong leadership off the pitch and possession-based football on it.
Source: Read Full Article