Valencia fans rally against Gennaro Gattuso’s appointment as new boss
Valencia fans followed the lead of Tottenham supporters a year ago in rallying against Gennaro Gattuso’s appointment as new boss… with angry fans trending #NoToGattuso over historic controversial comments against women and homosexuality
- Gennaro Gattuso hasn’t been in management since leaving Napoli last year
- Tottenham fans have launched the #NoToGattuso campaign in a bid to keep him out
- It was a success and now Valencia fans are trying to do the same
- Valencia seek new boss with Gattuso seen as top contender
- Fans are angry at historic controversial comments, which Gattuso defends
Angry Valencia supporters have taken over from Tottenham supporters as they seek to stop Gennaro Gattuso’s managerial appointment.
The fans are angry at the prospect of naming Gattuso, who would be one of the main candidates to replace Jose Bordalas at Mestalla this summer.
Fan anger stems from controversial comments made in Gattuso’s past that have been interpreted as sexist and homophobic.
Valencia fans have launched a #NoToGattuso campaign on social media to prevent former AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso (left) from being appointed as their new manager.
Fans are rallying in reaction to Gattuso’s historic comments, which he has since taken out and issued a strong defense in Italian media.
In 2008, Gattuso, now 44, found himself in the water when he broached the subject of same-sex marriage, saying he believed “marriage is between a man and a woman”.
Fast forward to 2013 and Gattuso found himself accused of sexism when he said he ‘didn’t see women working in football’ after Barbara Berlusconi was appointed to a managerial role at AC Milan .
It was widespread anger over the historic comments that saw Tottenham fans trending #NoToGattuso in the process of the North London club replacing Jose Mourinho, eventually settling on Nuno Espirito Santo.
Valencia fans are now hoping they can have the same impact.
Valencia fans are used to coming together in a bid to bring about change at the club
Gattuso feels deja vu could prevent him from finding another job and he staunchly defended those aforementioned comments in an interview with Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport on Saturday.
“My story speaks for itself,” he said. ‘I am racist ? Am I homophobic? Am I xenophobic? am i sexist? Have we gone mad? It’s time to calm down.
Gattuso went on to explain exactly what he meant by his comment on the appointment of Berlusconi, the daughter of then club president Silvio.
“So let’s start explaining, the phrase about women, uttered at the time of Barbara Berlusconi’s entry into football, was meant to be a defense of (Adriano) Galliani’s work, which had been abruptly dismissed.”
Galliani and Berlusconi had to work together in a two-pronged role, which Gattuso saw as disrespecting Galliani.
La Gazzetta dello Sport also asked Gattuso about a comment made in 2013 when he claimed less importance was given to when white players are booed, compared to black players.
The Spanish team are looking for a manager to replace José Bordalas
His Milan teammate Kevin-Prince Boateng walked off the pitch after being racially abused before Gattuso said: ‘How many times have white players been booed?’ It happened to me, but I don’t give it much importance.
In response, he said: ‘I’m a racist? So why did I sign (Tiemoue) Bakayoko when I was at Napoli? I’ve never had anything against black players, many of whom have been my teammates and friends.
“I built my career with hard work, commitment and sweat. No one gave me anything as a gift. And I will no longer allow anyone, with terrible accusations, to hinder my work.
Valencia fans are trying to push their campaign in Spain despite Gattuso being the favorite to replace Bordalas.