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Why Gennaro Gattuso has left Fiorentina after 23 days as manager

Harry Symeou
Gattuso has left Fiorentina just 23 days after being appointed
Gattuso has left Fiorentina just 23 days after being appointed / Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images
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Wherever Gennaro Gattuso goes, chaos seems to reign supreme - and his spell as Fiorentina manager has proven to be no exception.

Indeed, after just 23 days in charge of la Viola, the 43-year-old has walked away from the club - amid a dispute with the club's hierarchy over a transfer policy that he hoped would be influenced heavily by super agent Jorge Mendes.

The fiery Italian was keen, like most managers, for Fiorentina to invest substantially in their playing staff this summer. Alongside Mendes, Gattuso wanted to bring in several high-profile signings, in an attempt to ready the club for a European qualification push.

But Fiorentina's board, and specifically president Rocco Commisso, had other ideas. Now, after involvement from legal representatives on both sides, they have agreed to part ways - basically because they don't have the funds to match Gattuso's ambition.

Confirming Gattuso's exit, a statement on Fiorentina's official website read: “ACF Fiorentina and coach Rino Gattuso, by mutual agreement, decided not to follow up on the preventive agreements and therefore not to start the next football season together.

“The club is now working to identify a technical choice that will guide the Viola towards the results that Fiorentina and the city of Florence deserve.”

Cynics may question why these finer details were not ironed out before Gattuso took over at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, but the former Milan midfielder - known for his combative, abrasive style of play - is no stranger to confrontation with those he works for.

During his time at Napoli, Gattuso was an outspoken critic of club president Aurelio De Laurentiis - and was seemingly not phased by what his actions may do for his working relationship. Despite those off-field issues, he did almost lead the club back into the Champions League last season - only to see Juventus snatch a place in the top four after Napoli failed to beat Verona on the final day.

Rocco Commisso
Fiorentina president Rocco Commisso wasn't singing from the same hymn sheet as Gennaro Gattuso / Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images

That proved to be the last straw for De Laurentiis as Gattuso was sacked immediately after, having previously been in charge at Milan for two years. Fiorentina had looked to be in his future, but the involvement and meddling of Mendes - a known associate of Wolves - has ended that working relationship before it had really ever begun.

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