Gattuso will coach Valencia for the next 2 seasons

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FILE – Napoli’s head coach Gennaro Gattuso gestures during a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Napoli, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, March 14, 2021. The Spanish club of Valencia said on Thursday June 9, 2022 that Gattuso had agreed to take charge of the next two seasons. Gattuso, 44, replaces José Bordalás who was fired despite leading Valencia to the Copa del Rey final. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

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Italian coach Gennaro Gattuso agreed on Thursday to take charge of Spanish club Valencia for the next two seasons.

Gattuso, 44, replaced José Bordalás after he was fired last week after leading Valencia to the Copa del Rey final in his only season in charge.

Gattuso is a former defensive midfielder who helped Italy win the 2006 World Cup and AC Milan win two Champions League titles. He has since had a coaching career in Italy, where he managed Milan and Napoli. His Napoli won the 2020 Italian Cup.

Gattuso comes at a difficult time for the club based on Spain’s east coast.

Valencia finished ninth in the Spanish league last season. Bordalás’ sacking came a day after the club dismissed chairman Anil Murthy following leaked private conversations that made the club’s management look bad.

Large swaths of Valencia fans are angry with Singaporean owner Peter Lim for selling his best players in recent seasons. His supporters hope that team bosses Carlos Soler and Goncalo Guedes will stay put this offseason.

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