Past comments made by Gennaro Gattuso on subjects such as racism, same-sex marriage and women in football were shared by Tottenham Hotspur fans on social media prior to the club deciding against appointing the Italian as boss, according to a report.
Gattuso had suddenly emerged as the leading contender to succeed Jose Mourinho in the Tottenham hotseat on Thursday afternoon when the club dramatically switched their attentions from Paulo Fonseca.
Former Roma boss Fonseca had become the leading candidate following previous links with ex-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, the ChelseaPremier League winner Antonio Conte and ex-Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick, and he was left devastated by Tottenham’s sudden change of heart.
Tottenham’s new managing director Fabio Paratici was believed to be the driving force behind the decision to switch the club’s focus to Gattuso, who left Fiorentina after just 23 days in charge on Thursday.
Paratici had tried to appoint Gattuso as Juventus manager during his spell at the Turin club, and he immediately started talks with the 43-year-old former Milan and Napoli boss when he realised he was available.
Gattuso was not an overly popular figure with Tottenham supporters anyway after an altercation with ex-Tottenham assistant Joe Jordan during a Champions League game 10 years ago, and on Thursday night the hashtag #NoToGattuso was trending on Twitter in the UK.
The Athletic report that fans dug up inflammatory past comments that the firebrand Italian had made on a variety of subjects in an attempt to prove that he wasn’t the right man for the club.
It isn’t known whether these comments contributed directly to Tottenham changing their mind on appointing Gattuso, but it would now appear that he will no longer be the club’s new manager.
Spurs have surely now burned their bridges with Fonseca as they seek to appoint a replacement for Mourinho, who was sacked as the club’s manager in April.
Ajax boss Erik ten Hag has been a name linked to the position, and after a series of gaffes in attempting to appoint the new man, it remains to be seen where Paratici and chairman Daniel Levy will look next in the ongoing search.