Tottenham have pulled out of talks with Gennaro Gattuso over the club’s vacant managerial post, according to reports.
Yesterday, Fabrizio Romano and others revealed Spurs had opened discussions with Gattuso following the Italian’s departure from Fiorentina after just 22 days in charge.
However, now it seems Tottenham have decided against appointing the controversial figure.
Romano suggested there had been ‘positive’ talks between Spurs and Gattuso’s people on Thursday evening – but then came the backlash.
First ‘official’ meeting between Tottenham board and Gennaro Gattuso representatives has been positive. ⚪️ #THFC
Gattuso is the frontrunner as revealed yesterday after Fonseca talks collapsed… but there’s still nothing done, completed or signed. The board will decide soon. 🚨
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 17, 2021
A social media campaign branded with the hashtag “#NoToGattuso” began to trend soon after the reports of his imminent appointment surfaced.
— The Extra Inch (@TheExtraInch) June 17, 2021
The Supporters’ Trust even moved to assure its members they had made the club aware of fan concerns.
As ever, it isn’t wise for us to comment on speculation. However, we can and do communicate supporter sentiment to the decision makers at the Club, and have done so very clearly on this occasion. We are aware of and acting on your concerns around potential managerial candidates.
— THST (@THSTOfficial) June 18, 2021
And now, The Athletic is claiming Spurs have pulled the plug on a move to bring in Gattuso, citing the ‘huge backlash’ as a possible reason.
All of which means Tottenham’s long, long search for a new manager continues – who on earth will be next?
A new director of football is in place in the form of Fabio Paratici, but Spurs will surely be unable to move forward with their transfer plans until a new manager is appointed.
With that in mind, there is increasing pressure on Paratici and chairman Daniel Levy to bring somebody in quickly.