Fallen Italian giants AC Milan have sacked coach Vincenzo Montella and named combative former player Gennaro Gattuso as their new boss, the Chinese-owned club said Monday.
The seven-time European champions are lying seventh in Serie A after a goalless draw against Torino on Sunday.
Gattuso, 39, made more than 450 appearances for AC Milan between 1999 and 2012, winning a reputation as a rugged defensive midfielder.
He spent a season at Glasgow Rangers before that.
He has been working within the AC Milan structure as youth team coach.