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.