Valencia fans rally against appointing Gattuso as their new boss

Valencia fans follow the lead of Tottenham supporters a year ago by rallying against appointing Gennaro Gattuso as their new boss… with angry fans getting #NoToGattuso trending over historic controversial comments against women and homosexuality

  • Gennaro Gattuso has been out of management since leaving Napoli last year
  • Tottenham fans started #NoToGattuso campaign in a bid to stop him coming in 
  • That was successful and now Valencia supporters are attempting to do the same 
  • Valencia are looking for a new boss with Gattuso seen as a leading candidate
  • Fans are angry with historic controversial comments, which Gattuso defends 

Angry Valencia fans have picked up the baton from Tottenham’s supporters as they look to stop the managerial appointment of Gennaro Gattuso. 

Supporters are angry at the prospect of appointing Gattuso, who is reportedly a leading candidate to replace Jose Bordalas at Mestalla this summer. 

Anger from fans stems from controversial comments made in Gattuso’s past which have been interpreted as sexist and homophobic.

Valencia fans have started a #NoToGattuso campaign across social media to stop former AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso (left) being appointed as their new manager

Fans are banding together as a reaction to historic comments made by Gattuso, which he has since come out and issued a staunch defence over in the Italian media

In 2008, Gattuso, now 44, found himself in water when he waded into the topic of same-sex marriage, saying that he believes ‘marriage is between a man and a woman’. 

Fast forward to 2013 and Gattuso found himself accused of sexism when he said he ‘didn’t see women working in football’ following the appointment of Barbara Berlusconi in an executive role at AC Milan. 

It was widespread anger at those historic comments that saw Tottenham fans get #NoToGattuso trending in the process of the north London club replacing Jose Mourinho, eventually settling on Nuno Espirito Santo.

Valencia fans now hope they can have the same impact.

Valencia fans have a history for coming together in a bid to bring about change at the club

Gattuso is sensing that deja vu could prevent him from getting another job and he came to a staunch defence of those aforementioned comments in an interview with Italian daily newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport on Saturday. 

‘My history speaks for itself,’ he said. ‘I’m racist? I’m homophobic? I’m xenophobic? I’m sexist? Have we gone mad? It’s time to calm down.’

Gattuso went on to explain exactly what he had meant by his comment on the appointment of Berlusconi, the daughter of club president at the time, Silvio.  

‘So let’s start explaining, the phrase about women, uttered at the time of Barbara Berlusconi’s entry into football, was meant to be a defence of (Adriano) Galliani’s work, which had been brusquely dismissed.’

Galliani and Berlusconi were set to work together in a two-pronged role, which Gattuso took as a lack of respect towards Galliani. 

Gazzetta dello Sport also quizzed Gattuso on a comment made in 2013 when he claimed less importance is given to when white players are booed, compared to black players. 

The Spanish side are in the process of seeking a manager to replace the axed Jose Bordalas

His Milan team-mate Kevin-Prince Boateng walked off the pitch having been the subject of racist abuse before Gattuso said: ‘How many times have white players been booed? It has happened to me, but I don’t give it much importance.’

In response he said: ‘I’m racist? Then why did I sign (Tiemoue) Bakayoko when I was at Napoli? I’ve never had anything against black players, many of whom have been my team-mates and friends.

‘I built my career with hard work, commitment and sweat. Nobody has given me anything as a gift. And I will no longer allow anyone, with terrible accusations, to hinder my work.’ 

Valencia fans are attempting to get their campaign trending in Spain despite Gattuso appearing the frontrunner to replace Bordalas.  

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