AC Milan have sacked head coach Vincenzo Montella and replaced him with former midfielder Gennaro Gattuso.
Montella lost his job after a goalless home draw with Torino. The team, which spent a fortune on transfers over the summer, are now seventh in Serie A with 20 points from 14 games.
A statement was released saying, “AC Milan announce to have parted ways with Vincenzo Montella. Management of the first team is entrusted to Gennaro Gattuso, who leaves his position as Primavera coach and to whom we wish the best of luck.”
Montella has been in charge since the beginning of last season when he guided the team, that has won Serie A 18 times, to sixth place in the table.
However, they have won just two of their last nine league matches and the weekend’s result was the fourth consecutive home league game without a goal.
Montella has taken the team through to the knockout stages of the Europa League with a match to spare but there has been continual concern over their domestic form.
His replacement, Gattuso, made more than 450 appearances for AC Milan between 1999 and 2012 as well as 73 appearances for Italy. He won two Serie A titles and two Champions Leagues with AC Milan.
Gattuso started his coaching career with the Swiss club Sion in 2013 and he also spent a short time in charge of the Serie B side Palermo. He then coached OFI Crete before returning to Italy to lead Pisa to promotion from the third tier in 2016. He was appointed as Milan’s youth team coach before the start of this season.