Gattuso will not become next Spurs boss as search goes on

Gennaro Gattuso will not become the new Tottenham head coach following talks regarding the Italian on Wednesday.

Spurs had ended negotiations with Paulo Fonseca in order to pursue the ex-Milan star, with new director of football Fabio Paratici a huge fan of Gattuso and seeing him as a more appealing option.

But following a fan backlash on social media on Wednesday night, as the “No to Gattuso” hashtag trended, plans for the former Italy World Cup-winner will not go any further and Tottenham’s protracted search for a new head coach goes on.

Paratici had moved for Gattuso after his deal to Fiorentina broke down over a disagreement about which players they were to sign this summer, just 22 days after agreeing to join.

Fiorentina wanted more affordable additions than those proposed by Gattuso’s agent – Jorge Mendes – such as Sergio Oliveira from Porto and Goncalo Guedes from Valencia.

Spurs’ LGBTQ+ supporters’ association, Proud Lilywhites, expressed concern on Wednesday night over Gattuso’s previous comments about same-sex marriage.

Before Gattuso and Fonseca, Paratici had previously attempted to appoint former Chelsea, Juventus and Italy head coach Antonio Conte, but talks broke down earlier in June.

And – after interest in Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers – the club tried in vein to lure Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino back to north London a year and a half after his sacking.

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