Gennaro Gattuso revealed how much he gave up when he was sacked as Milan manager to ensure his staff get paid.
Gattuso was Primavera coach before being promoted to first-team chief on an initial temporary basis following Vincenzo Montella’s sacking in the 2017-18 season, and after finishing sixth in that campaign he followed with a near-total margin with Milan losing. About qualifying for the Champions League by a point after the final match of the season.
After much speculation about what that might mean for his future, he decided to quit his role and was eventually replaced by Marco Giampaolo in a move that turned out to be a disaster.
Calciomercato.com was among the sources who reported that the former Milan midfielder made only one request before leaving, and that was that the net €5.5m he would have owed if he were sacked went instead to paying two years’ salaries to all of his staff. Behind the scenes team.
In an interview with Il Corriere della Sera, Gattuso looked at his experience and confirmed that the figure circulated in the media was correct.
“I’m so grateful to Milan. If I am for who I am, I owe it to that club, for those colors I’ve always loved. I admitted (via Calciomercato.com) I didn’t want to be a burden and I wanted to go too far on tiptoe.”
“the number?” Five and a half million net worth. Part of it went to pay the salaries of the employees who, without my departure, would have stayed, and that was not fair. But it didn’t bother me too much. Milan changed my life as a player and coach.
“I can never forget when, after winning the 1990 European Cup, my father took me to a parade in the city wearing a Rossoneri shirt. I was proud to wear it, even though it was a replica and not an original.”