Former Rangers & AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has signed on to be the new manager of OFI Crete of the Greek Super League. This will mark the third club that Gattuso has been in charge of since the beginning of 2013.
Gattuso was wrapping up his playing career with the Swiss side FC Sion when he was appointed player-manager towards the end of the 2012-13 season. He actually was the fifth manager for the club that season. Sion won only three matches & drew four in his twelve games in charge. He was let go upon the end of the tumultuous season.
Gattuso began last season as the manager of Palermo who had been relegated to Serie B. This time his reign only lasted eight matches as Palermo promptly deemed Gattuso unready for the job. The club only won two of their first six matches.
At the time the team’s president Maurizio Zamparini said, “It’s with great sadness that I write to say that I have relieved Gennaro Gattuso of his duties as first-team manager.”
“Unfortunately for both me and him, we might have bitten off a little bit too much for his first experience as manager, at a club with a demanding public like Palermo’s. Results have shown that we were wrong (to offer Gattuso the job).”
OFI Crete has signed Gattuso to a one year contract to manage the team. They are coming off a season that saw them finish sixth among the 18 teams in the Super Greek League.